Jet Aviation: from Basel to Malta to Dubai
News from general aviation services provider Jet Aviation. The Swiss-headquartered company recently signed a joint venture agreement to establish an aircraft management and charter operation in Malta. Furthermore, it is outfitting a brand new facility in the shared terminal at Dubai South as well. And lastly, the company is building a new wide-body hangar at its Basel headquarters.
The new 93.650 sq ft hangar is replacing two of the facility’s existing hangars, adding 48.975 sq ft of hangar space, 21.525 sq ft of shops and offices, and a ramp extension of 53.820 sq ft.
According to a company statement, construction will begin in August of this year, and completion is expected to occur by Q4-2018. The company has leased additional hangar and shop space to maintain capacity and capabilities throughout the process. Work has already begun on the tarmac extension to help facilitate aircraft movements around the build site. Once completed, the extended tarmac will enable larger aircraft to easily approach the new hangar.
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“This significant investment in new infrastructure […] will enable us to be more flexible in scheduling current and future workloads,” comments Jet Aviation Basel Site Operations Senior VP of Completions & General Manager Neil Boyle.
In related news, and in collaboration with its joint venture partner Al Mulla Business Group, Jet Aviation are outfitting a new facility at Dubai South/Al Maktoum International (DWC), UAE. Expected to be operational by Q3-2017, the facility will feature three customer lounges, a conference room, crew lounge and operations center, two prayer rooms, shower facilities and a separate sitting room for chauffeurs. A company statement reads that, until a hangar facility at DWC becomes available, the company will offer line maintenance services through the FBO and continue to provide base maintenance services through its MRO facility at Dubai International (DXB).
“We’ve had a number of recent developments in our global FBO network, but given the policy emphasis on migrating business aviation traffic through Dubai to DWC, we are very pleased to soon reopen our FBO operation at Dubai South,” explains Jet Aviation EMEA and Asia FBO & MRO Senior VP & General Manager Stefan Benz.
Lastly, the company has signed a joint venture with Luxury Business Jets, part of a large holding company based in Slovakia, to establish an aircraft management and charter operation in Malta. The company is working to obtain an air operator’s certificate from the Civil Aviation Directorate, which it expects to receive in Q3-2017, but has already reserved two aircraft to be operated under the Maltese AOC. The two aircraft, a Boeing Business Jet and an Embraer Legacy 600, will join the company’s aircraft management and charter fleet in EMEA.
“The Malta operation is an ideal complement to our Swiss and German operations — and a very strategic addition to our aircraft management and charter business in EMEA,” comments Jet Aviation EMEA & Asia Aircraft Management and Charter Operations Senior VP & General Manager Jürg Reuthinger.