Jet Aviation has completed work on an 8,000-sq-m (86,000-sq-ft) production center at its Basel, Switzerland maintenance and completion facility. The center, which comprises 5,000 sq m of renovated space and a 3,000-sq-m extension, brings together the cabinet shop, interiors and finishing shops, and sheet-metal shops in one location.
The MRO and completions provider began construction on the project in late 2019. That work was completed in November 2020. The just-finished phase II involved the completion of the cabinet shop move, as well as the extension and renovation project.
Jeremie Caillet, Jet Aviation v-p of VIP completions, said that bringing together cabinetry, interior finishing, and sheet-metal activities “creates significant efficiencies and makes it easier for our customers to visit and experience firsthand the craftsmanship that makes their aircraft so unique.”
Designed with health and sustainability in mind, the center incorporates dimmable LED lighting, a high-pressure vacuum system, dust collector systems, two separate paint cabins, and ventilation units. In addition, it includes 600 sq m of leveled assembly and pre-assembly platforms.
“The concept and development of such a large project adjacent to our existing hangars was a long and complex program, which took almost 10 years from initial concept to opening,” added Sylvain Von Hof, Jet Aviation's v-p of real estate, facility management, and logistics for the EMEA region. “It is a fantastic achievement.”