This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Air Service Basel (ASB) plans to wind down its aircraft maintenance operation by August 1, citing economic pressures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Business aviation has undoubtedly been facing challenges for a while now and the coronavirus pandemic has certainly not been in our favor,” said ASB chief executive Claudio Lasagni. “It’s with a heavy heart that we close the maintenance department, but we remain positive about the industry bouncing back after this crisis.”
In light of the closing, Lasagni added that the company will turn to develop new areas of the business. ASB will continue its FBO operations at EuroAirport in Basel, Switzerland, including Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) services, aircraft parking, and executive aircraft handling. Earlier this year, ASB became an authorized service center for Cirrus Vision Jet SF50s with either EASA or FAA registrations. It has been a certified Cirrus Partner for 15 years, providing full service for the Cirrus SR22 series, including full Garmin avionics services.