Jet Aviation (Chalet A11) expects to move into its new and larger facility at the shared FBO terminal at Saudi Arabia's Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in the first quarter, the company said on Sunday. This news comes as the company marks its 40th anniversary in Saudi Arabia.
The 600-sq-m/6,458-sq-ft, two-story FBO will include a ground-floor reception area and three VIP lounges, while the upper floor will accommodate a crew lounge. Amenities also include a refreshment pantry and buffet, conference room, duty-free shop, prayer room, weather and flight-planning facilities, and an airside office for handling and line crew.
Its FBO services at RUH currently include passenger and baggage handling, immigration and customs clearance, transportation, hotel and catering coordination, aircraft refueling, interior deep cleaning, exterior wash, and turnaround assistance.
“We look forward to moving to our newly refurbished FBO in the New Year,” said Khaled Al-Ghamdi, general manager of Jet Aviation in Saudi Arabia. “The more spacious facility is designed to accommodate future traffic volume increases in Riyadh while continuing to ensure the highest safety, comfort, and design standards.”
Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia, a joint venture company with local partners, was the first company to set up an FBO in Saudi Arabia. It operates four FBOs under this joint venture in the country—at Jeddah, established in 1979, Riyadh (1983), Medina (2012), and Yanbu (2018). The Jeddah facility holds Saudi Arabian GACA 145 and FAA Part 145 approvals for business jet line maintenance and AOG services, and on Sunday received a GACA nod for its wheel and battery shops there. Its new Jeddah battery shop is also FAA approved, with agency assent pending for the wheel shop.
Also within the Gulf region, Jet Aviation operates FBOs at Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), as well as an MRO facility at DXB.