Jet Aviation’s new facility in Dubai is now operating as the first full-service FBO in the United Arab Emirates. The Swiss group’s maintenance center opened at Dubai International Airport in May, and since then the operation has been approved to provide in-house customs, as well as immigration and security clearance.
The two-story, 10,760-sq-ft FBO building includes a reception area and refreshment center, as well as passenger and pilot lounges, a conference room, offices and a prayer room. The facility also includes a fully equipped flight-planning suite and full security screening equipment, including an X-ray machine for baggage.
In July, the civil aviation authority in the United Arab Emirates approved the facility to provide maintenance for new-generation Boeing 737s (including the Boeing Business Jet), Dassault’s Falcon 2000 and 900, the Gulfstream IV and G300, the British Aerospace Hawker 1000, and Cessna’s 500-series Citations. The facility, which comprises 45,192 sq ft of hangar space and another 10,760 sq ft of workshops, is in the process of completing approval as an authorized service center for the Falcon 900 and 2000 and is part of Jet Aviation’s existing service center agreement with Airbus. The company is in the process of negotiating secure authorized service center approval from other OEMs.
The Dubai facility–run by Jet Aviation senior v-p and general manager Philip Balmer–is the company’s third FBO in the Middle East. It also has facilities in the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Riyadh, which are managed by v-p/general manager Toni Gisler.