Beirut’s main FBO, Cedar Jet Center (CJC, Stand 214) has a full-service offering at Lebanon’s main gateway, Rafic Hariri International Airport, and is at MEBA to promote this business-aviation friendly destination and its ever-broadening range of services. CJC was established in 2005 by Middle East Airlines (MEA) Group to coincide with the opening of the airport’s general aviation terminal. In 2008, the company joined forces with group affiliate, Masco, to offer line maintenance services for a range of aircraft.
The partnership now offers aircraft hangarage and full maintenance services for the Airbus A319CJ, Boeing BBJ, Cessna Mustang and Hawker 800/850/900XP. Lebanese charter firm Open Sky Aviation operates the Mustang as well as a Cessna 172.
“CJC was the first ISAGO [IATA safety audit for ground operations]-accredited FBO in the Middle East, and can handle any aircraft from turboprops and very light jets up to Boeing 747s,” said operations manager Randa Kammoun El Hurr. “CJC’s professional team offers dedicated VIP-handling services to private and executive aircraft at Rafic Hariri International. We adopt the latest high-quality services to maintain our leading position and our ISO and ISAGO accreditation.”
A founding member of MEBAA, CJC has 40 dedicated FBO staff, and access to MEA’s 1,300 ground-handling staff. “We frequently update our ground-handling equipment; lately we purchased a second towbarless truck, from Lektro,” said Kammoun El Hurr. “We are expanding our premises by opening a new crew lounge and snooze rooms,” she added.