Jet Aviation Comes to EBACE with Slew of Announcements
Jet Aviation – a completions and maintenance concern employing more than 1,400 professionals – though headquartered in Switzerland, has news to report from far and wide.
In Saudi Arabia, Jet’s Riyadh FBO will relocate by the fourth quarter of 2019 to a new and larger 600-sq.-meter facility area within the shared FBO terminal at King Khalid International. Services offered in Riyadh include passenger and baggage handling, immigration and customs clearance, transportation, hotel and catering coordination, fueling, interior deep cleaning, exterior wash, and turnaround assistance.
The company has recently supported the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) of Switzerland in transferring one of its decommissioned floatplanes – a 48 year-old, 23,000-hr. Cessna 185 – to the Transport Museum in Lucerne, Switzerland. The historic MAF aircraft was assembled and installed pro bono by ten apprentices working at Jet Aviation’s MRO and Completions Center in Basel.
The recent groundbreaking at Jet Aviation’s FBO in West Palm Beach, Florida, for new hangar and office space is the latest step in the company’s efforts to expand and improve its global FBO network, now at 35 locations.
FBO business in EMEA and APAC saw significant growth in 2018. First the company acquired the Hawker Pacific chain of FBOs throughout Australia and Asia in May. Then in September it established ground-handling services at Prince Abdul Mohsin Bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport in Yanbu, of Saudi Arabia, followed by the acquisition of the KLM Jet Center businesses in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in October.
In the U.S. and Caribbean, construction or renovation is under way – or soon will be – at seven of Jet Aviation’s 12 regional locations. This includes its newest in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Jet Aviation recently announced it has acquired a stake in the Scottsdale Jet Center, to be operational from late 2020.
And finally, nearer home, maintenance and refurbishment teams in Basel recently delivered three extensive refurbishments on a Boeing 747 and two Gulfstream GIVs, all of which included Ka Band installations. In addition, the company successfully implemented and delivered its first Ka Band installations on Gulfstream G550 and G650 aircraft.