Dubai Air Show

First BBJ outfitted by Jet Av with designer cabin interior

 - November 14, 2009, 4:35 AM

Jet Aviation Basel has delivered the first of three Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) with Andrew Winch Designs cabin interiors to an undisclosed customer. London-based Andrew Winch has been a specialist in the VIP aircraft and yacht interiors since 1996. The aircraft is the first BBJ to be outfitted at the company’s new widebody hangar, which was completed in May 2008.

The cabin interior includes a full-size bedroom, executive lounge, dining area, lounge, full galley and master lavatory with shower and hardwood floor. According to Jet Aviation, the BBJ also has an in-flight audio/video-on-demand system with capacity for 300 DVDs that can be watched independently on eight flat-screen displays positioned at various points. In addition, the aircraft is equipped with satellite communications allowing high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the cabin. The two companies started work on the cabin interior project in 2007.

Jet Aviation also announced that its Dubai division has received GCAA maintenance approval for the Hawker 4000 and FAA maintenance approval for the Bombardier Global Express. The company said the first service appointment for each type of aircraft has already been received.

Michael Rucker, senior v-p and general manager of Jet Aviation Dubai, said, “Due to increased customer demand, we have expanded our services and can now better support the first UAE Hawker 4000 operator, as well as Global Express operators that demand MRO services from us. With the addition of these aircraft types we have extended out ‘under-one-roof’ service offering and [have also expanded] our capability significantly.”

The Dubai maintenance facility, which was established in May 2005, is an authorized service center for the Boeing 737NG and the BBJ, plus Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon and other Hawker Beechcraft aircraft types, as well as being an approved repair station for the Embraer Legacy.

In other company news, Jet Aviation announced its EMEA & Asia aircraft management division has received Continued Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) approval for aircraft registered in Bermuda. CAMO will be mandatory beginning next year for all Bermuda and Cayman Islands-registered aircraft.

Jet Aviation said it offers “a full package of aircraft management services to Bermuda-registered aircraft, including documentation and certification and all billing and annual review scheduling.”

In addition, it offers CAMO Plus and airworthiness reviews for all EASA-registered aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of more than 5.7 metric tons, for which EASA CAMO approvals became mandatory in September 2008. Only CAMO-approved organizations can issue the new annual airworthiness review certificates (ARCs) in EASA states (EU member states plus Iceland, Norway
and Switzerland).