Luxury global aviation services Jetex has been awarded the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) certification for its FBO at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International VIP terminal. This is the first such first certification for a Dubai-based FBO. IS-BAH is a set of global industry’s best practices for business aviation ground handlers.

“Implementing the IS-BAH voluntary standards through to registration shows an ongoing commitment by the Jetex FBO team to mitigate risks in its day-to-day operations and implement a positive safety culture, which is highly commended,” said Terry Yeomans, director of the IS-BAH program.

“This was a lot of work, with a lot of audits,” said Jetex CEO and president Adel Mardini. “It is good to achieve such high standards.” He plans to implement IS-BAH next at Jetex’s Paris FBO, and throughout its FBO chain that spans nine countries.

Dubai-based Jetex recently won the Moroccan National Airports Authority FBO tender, and will launch five facilities in Casablanca Mohammed V (CMN/GMMN), Marrakech Menara (RAK/GMMX), Rabat-Salé (RBA/GMME), Agadir-Al Massira (AGA/GMAD), and Dakhla airports (VIL/GMMH). These will be the first FBO operations within the country (Swissport Executive Aviation was also awarded an FBO tender and will be the only other provider of FBO services in Morocco).

Here yesterday Jetex also announced a new FBO location in Marseille, France. This location offers VIP travelers easy access to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France for the 2016 UEFA Europa League soccer games.

Next on Mardini’s list will be new FBOs in the UK and Germany. This expansion will be through acquisition, and hopefully completed this year, he told ShowNews. “We don’t want to be everywhere, but in the top 10 destinations where most of our clients fly.” Jetex services include worldwide FBOs, aircraft fueling, ground handling and international trip planning.