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Jet Av bolsters Mideast/Asia ops

 - May 20, 2008, 5:27 AM

Jet Aviation (Booth No. 1147) is steadily expanding its presence in the fast-growing Middle Eastern and Asian markets. The company announced a memorandum of understanding with Airod, Malaysia’s leading aerospace MRO company, to offer FBO, line maintenance and AOG services at Kuala Lumpur’s Subang Airport, starting in August 2008. The Swiss company also announced that it is adding a Gulfstream G550 to be based in Zurich and Tokyo, and that Jet Professionals, the company’s pilot placement and contract pilot service, is considering opening an office in the Middle East.

André Wall, COO of Jet Aviation, Europe, The Middle East and Asia (EMEA), said, “Many of the Malaysia-based aircraft are already served by Jet Aviation, and together with Airod we shall be able to support these jets locally.” The joint facility features a 52,000-sq-ft hangar housing maintenance and repair shops, as well as component overhaul facilities, plus a 3,000-sq-ft FBO terminal.

In addition to the Zurich/ Tokyo-based G550, Jet Aviation has added a Falcon 900EX to its more than 200-strong fleet of managed aircraft. “These long-range aircraft will be able to efficiently serve links with the U.S., Africa and the Middle East,” noted Martin Bernegger, senior vice president of charter for EMEA.

Jet Professionals, set up 25 years ago in Zurich, offers crew services in Europe and the Middle East, including full-time placement and contract  pilots, flight attendants and other flight department personnel. The division will eventually offer staffing for maintenance and completion positions, and is considering new offices in São Paulo and a location to be determined in the Middle East.

The company also announced the appointment of Michael Ruecker as the senior vice president and general manager of its maintenance and FBO operation in Dubai, effective June 1. He succeeds Phil Balmer who will assist him during a transition period.