MEBAA Convention News

Jet Services Expands Le Bourget FBO; Aims At Middle East

 - December 11, 2012, 1:30 AM

The Jet Services Group is here at MEBA 2012 (Stand 345) promoting its Advanced Air Support (AAS) FBO at Paris Le Bourget airport, claiming it is particularly well suited to Middle Eastern VIP aircraft visiting Europe. Jet Services president Marie-Antoinette Dain told AIN that AAS has adapted to the growing clientele from the region: “We have private lounges, one of them with a full en suite bathroom, a prayer room and dedicated catering. In addition, some of our staff speak Arab dialects,” she said.

AAS reports it handles 700 to 800 movements of widebody business aircraft (ranging from the size of a BBJ or ACJ) every year. “This is about 30 percent of Le Bourget’s widebody traffic,” Dain said, with the majority of those movements coming from the Middle East.

The FBO also is currently involved in an expansion project that will permit access to widebody aircraft directly from a lounge, where security checks also will take place. Architect Jean-Jacques Devilliers has designed a nose-in-hangar arrangement for the aircraft. One constraint imposed on the project was avoiding use of an exterior air bridge, which is not allowed by local architecture rules. The rules protect Le Bourget’s older terminals’ “visual environment,” Dain explained.

Construction of the new terminal is anticipated to begin in mid-2013, and it should be in service late in 2014. Dain estimated the cost at “30 to 40 million euros [$39 to $52 million].”

Jet Services is also exhibiting a Falcon 50 that was modified by its Aerovision subsidiary to permit air-to-air filming. The aircraft is a special-mission Falcon 50 that features innovative aerial photography and cinematography hardware. “We are expecting EASA approval soon and hope the aircraft will be in service by year-end,” Dain said.

The group also revealed it has made some corporate changes. In August, it disposed of Uni Air, a Toulouse-based maintenance specialist, although it retained Uni Air’s line maintenance activities. In addition, all of Jet Services’ maintenance business in Le Bourget, Toulouse and Lyon has been regrouped under the BCA brand.