Harrods Aviation history
With more than 60 years of aviation experience and embodying the excellent service standards for which its namesake Knightsbridge store is renowned, Harrods Aviation is one of the UK’s leading providers of FBO services.
An ambitious acquisition
Harrods Holdings acquired Hunting Business Aviation in 1995 from the Hunting Group, which had been active in the aviation industry since the 1930s. For Harrods Holdings the purchase was an opportunity to unite the Hunting Group’s experience with Harrods’ unique vision to create a London FBO business that would match the world-renowned luxury of its Knightsbridge store.
The mark of luxury
Before it was renamed in 2003, Harrods Aviation had been known as Metro Business Aviation. The change of name reflected a renewed commitment to Harrods’ exceptional standards and its intention to place itself among the FBOs favoured by the global elite.
Business takes off
Since then, Harrods Aviation has enjoyed significant success at its London Luton and London Stansted FBOs. Demand for the London Luton FBO in particular grew during the first decade of the 21st century, prompting the company to construct a second hangar and ramp in 2005, and to relocate the facility to its current expanded site and ramp space in 2008.
Spreading our wings under new owners
In May 2010 Harrods Aviation was sold to Qatar Holding as part of the general Harrods Group sale, and in May 2013 both London FBO facilities joined the Air Elite Network – a global body of exceptional FBOs.