Jet Aviation has been granted an air operator certificate (AOC) by Malta's Civil Aviation Directorate, starting flight operations using a Boeing BBJ once the approval was confirmed on December 8. An Embraer Legacy 600 is to be added "in the coming weeks," said the Zurich, Switzerland-based company, which already holds Swiss and German AOCs for its operations based at Zurich and Cologne, respectively.
Jet Aviation is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. company General Dynamics. It announced the formation of its new Maltese operation at EBACE in May, when it signed a joint-venture agreement with Luxury Business Jets of Slovakia "to establish a new aircraft management and charter operation in Malta."
The BBJ, registerd as 9H-GGG, can accommodate up to 19 passengers and has a range of 5,000 nm, "making it ideal for trips to the Bahamas, Beijing, Mauritius, or New York, among others," said the company. Jet Aviation will manage the BBJ and is making it available for charter.
“Our new flight operation in Malta is a terrific complement to our Swiss and German operations,” said Jürg Reuthinger, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation’s aircraft management and charter operations in EMEA and Asia. “The additional AOC in the European Union allows aircraft owners and operators more flexibility in their choice of registrations and operation."
Jarka Sommeregger, CEO of Luxury Business Jets (part of the Bratislava-based Grafobal Group), said at the joint-venture signing in May, "[This] is a great opportunity for us to increase our presence in the aviation sector together with a strong and experienced partner like Jet Aviation."
Jet Aviation also has U.S.-based operations via Burbank, California-based Avjet, which Jet Aviation purchased in March 2016.