The Award is organized under support of the Central European Private Aviation Association CEPA, the Russian United Business Aviation Association RUBAA, the European Business Aviation Association EBAA.
The selection of nominates was totally open: in patterns of the announced categories, any corresponding company could participate. The winners were specified by a competent jury and on-line voting on the award dedicated web site.
FBO RIGA became an absolute leader in Handler / service Provider / FBO nomination receiving the first prize and becoming the best FBO in Europe.
Roman Starkov, the founder and co-owner of the company, received the award on behalf of Flight Consulting Group, which comprises FBO RIGA.
“We are delighted to receive the Pegasus. We have been working at Riga International Airport since 2000 and in 2015 there was opened our new business aviation center FBO RIGA, consisting of a high technology hangar and a boutique terminal FBO RIGA. Already during the first months we have shown a stable result and for us the Sapphire Pegasus is another confirmation of our success. Nevertheless, we will not stop at the level achieved, the award for us is a reason to move forward and develop further!”
The award was introduced for the first time, but the ceremony was organized at top level and selection of winners was absolutely objective. Over 2000 professionals voted for the best in online voting. The jury is worth of special attention – among its members are Dagmar Grossman (Founder of CEPA), Anna Serezhkina (Executive Director of RUBAA), Fabio Gamba (CEO of EBAA) as well as know journalists of the industry.
“For FBO RIGA the receipt of the Sapphire Pegasus is an important event and a new stage of recognition at the market as a leader of service provision to companies and passengers of business aviation. It is important that the award is an international one, and companies from Europe and Russia participated. This reflects the high level of interaction between the markets and importance of collaboration”, underlined Leonid Gorodnitsky, Flight Consulting Group co-owner.