With FBOs in Dubai, Jeddah and Riyadh, and additional maintenance and management services at other locations, Jet Aviation (Stand 590) is one of the major business aviation players in the Middle East. The company has recently announced a number of developments for the region, including new capability for its Dubai-based MRO and FBO center.
That new capability comes in the form of FAA approval to perform base maintenance on the Bombardier Challenger 604 and 605, and light scheduled maintenance (A checks) on the Airbus single-aisle family (A318/319/320/321).
The Dubai MRO facility was established in May 2005 as a joint venture with the Al Mulla Group. Its 4,200 square meters of hangar space and 1,000 sq m of workshop allow it to provide a wide range of MRO services, including maintenance and warranty support for the Boeing BBJ, Airbus single-aisle family, Challenger 604/605, Gulfstream GIV/V and Falcon 900/2000/7X. It provides full-service support for the Hawker Beechcraft 800/900 and Embraer Legacy.
Jet Aviation Dubai has recently signed an agreement with the First Emirates Aviation Group (FEAG) of Abu Dhabi to offer full interior refurbishment capabilities. FEAG holds local GCAA 145 approval and has access to Part 21 approval for such work. Jet Aviation is also active in Abu Dhabi at the downtown Al Bateen Executive Airport, where it provides line maintenance services.
Another recently introduced capability in the region is the establishment of a ground-handling service at Medina’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport, which is Saudi Arabia’s fourth busiest airport. Here Jet Aviation can now provide a wealth of ground services, such as passenger handling, immigration and customs clearance, transportation, and hotel and catering coordination. It also provides aircraft refueling, cleaning and turnaround services.
Jet Aviation’s latest delivery to the region is a Boeing BBJ3 that has been outfitted with Honeywell’s Ovation Select cabin management system and numerous customizations. The redelivery of this aircraft to an undisclosed customer marked the first such installation undertaken under EASA certification, and involved a long-range test flight. The work was performed by Jet Aviation Basel, with assistance from U.S.-based personnel and Honeywell’s Ovation Select team.