Signature Wanted San Jose for Years; Google Frosting on Cake

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Eric Schmidt, Google’e executive board chairman, wrote a letter of recommendation to the airport Nov. 14. “We and Signature are committed to a business and general aviation project of unprecedented size and scope in … Northern California. Larry Page, Sergey Brin and I are enthusiastic about the prospect of incorporating San Jose International into development plans for accommodating our aircraft.” Schmidt identified himself only as an affiliate of Blue City Holdings.

While Moffett Field in Mountain View is sufficient for their current needs, he said, it is uncertain and expansion is limited. “Partnering with Signature Flight Support will provide us with long term hanger stability and the ability to grow our flight department in Silicon Valley.”

Signature’s proposal to San Jose highlights its historic competence managing traffic associated with large-scale events such as those expected at the new San Jose Earthquakes soccer stadium, which is across Coleman Avenue from the proposed terminal, and the Santa Clara 49rs stadium nearby. The company brings regional strength, including Fresno operations, and recently completed a $6 million renovation to a 9,800-square-foot San Francisco International Airport Executive Terminal and two, 25,000 square-foot aircraft storage hangars.

Sastre is Signature’s chief operating officer and recently became Signature’s president. Her professional history includes executive-level positions for Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD responsible for Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean. She was vice president for worldwide customer satisfaction for United Airlines and has more than 23 years of commercial aviation experience with United, Continental and Eastern airlines. Immediately before coming to Signature, she was president and chief executive of the nonprofit Take Stock in Children.

“We are very confident our business model is solid and that we have talked to and come to agreements with the right partners and customers,” Sastre said.

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