Zurich-based aircraft management provider Jet Aviation (Booth 418) is putting the spotlight here at EBACE on new developments at its facilities and in its aircraft management services from Asia and the Middle East to Europe and South America.
Jet Aviation MRO facilities in Basel, Geneva, Moscow, Dubai and Singapore have been selected by Rolls-Royce to join its authorized service center network in EMEA and Asia, the company announced. This extends full service capabilities for BR710, BR725 and Tay engines. “A significant number of aircraft serviced at our facilities are powered by Rolls-Royce engines, and our ability to offer warranty support is of real benefit to our customers,” said Stefan Benz, vice president of Jet Aviation MRO and FBO operations.
Jet Aviation Basel also recently revived EASA Part 145 approval to provide line and base maintenance for Gulfstream G650s. The Basel facility has also partnered with AJW Aviation to develop component support and AOG programs for mutual Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ customers worldwide.
The company said that its global refurbishment and corporate rebranding program, launched in Geneva and Zurich last year, is heading to the Middle East, where Jet Aviation is rebranding its FBOs in Jeddah and in Dubai at Dubai International Airport. “These facility upgrades are designed to provide maximum style and comfort through enhanced passenger amenities and customer series,” said Monica Beusch, head of FBO Services in EMEA & Asia. The refurbishment program will be extended to the U.S. in 2015, beginning with Jet Aviation’s new Boston/Bedford FBO.
Jet Aviation Dubai has also been appointed as an authorized service station and dealer for Satcom Direct to provide installation, troubleshooting and upgrade services, the company announced.
On May 31 Jet Aviation Singapore is going operational from its new 7,500-sq-m hangar at Selatar Aerospace Park. The new $25 million hangar was built in direct response to growing demand for large, long-range business jets in the region. The hangar can accommodate BBJs, ACJs and up to five G650s or five Global Express 7000s at one time.
Jet Aviation also announced an expansion of its worldwide managed fleet, now numbering more than 250 with the recent addition of eight new aircraft. Growth has been particularly strong in Asia, where the fleet has grown to 30 from three just five years ago. In the U.S., two Challengers and a Global 5000 have joined the fleet. Flight operations are managed from four strategically centers in Dubai, Hong Kong, Teterboro (U.S.) and Zurich.
Attendees heading to the World Cup should be pleased to know Jet Aviation also announced it has partnered with Brazil-based C-Fly Aviation to offer handling services and aircraft parking at Galeão International Airport near Rio de Janeiro. This is the only international airport in Brazil with dedicated ramp space for business aircraft during the World Cup.
To help ensure growth of future leaders, Jet Aviation Basel received authorization from the department of education in the Canton of Basel to start an apprenticeship program to teach specific skills, starting with programs in upholstery and polymehanics. “Our goal is to ensure we have the skilled workers that we will require in the future in order to continue meeting the highest business aviation standards,” said Johannes Turzer, vice president and general manager of maintenance at the Basel facility.