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Breaking ground in Basel are SVP of strategic global growth Johannes Turzer, deputy manager Bernard Schmitter, Haut-Rhin prefect Laurent Touvet, group president Rob Smith, customer relations staff Elie Zelouf, completions senior VP Neil Boyle, member of Parliament Haut-Rhin Jean-Luc Reitzer, director of real estate Sylvain Von Hof (front), chairman of the board of directors at Basel airport Jean-Pierre Lavielle, airport director Matthias Suhr, deputy Frederic Velter and chamber of commerce director Franz Saladin.

Jet Aviation heralds half century of operations with six Middle East additions

December 7, 2017:

Switzerland-headquartered Jet Aviation has added six new aircraft for management in the Middle East this year. The company, which is celebrating 50 years in business, currently manages 22 aircraft in the Gulf region.

The latest aircraft are a Global, two Falcons, two G650s and a Learjet, based in north Africa, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

"We are pleased to see that aircraft owners and operators in the region value our global reach, our cost-efficient solutions and our experience," says Jurg Reuthinger, senior VP and general manager of Jet Aviation's operations in EMEA and Asia.

"In all aspects of our operations and across the full spectrum of our capabilities, we focus on safety and premium service to ensure we remain our customers' partner of choice."

The total Middle East fleet includes four BBJs, three Bombardier aircraft, four Falcons and 11 Gulfstreams.

EBAN also spoke to PR and communications manager Mary-Lou Murphy about the major milestones that the company has achieved in the 50 years since its foundation. Starting out as a maintenance company, it began offering ground handling in 1969 and then charter three years later. In 1976 it went international by opening a facility in Dusseldorf, and after the launch of its completions business the following year made its way to the Middle East in 1979. More recently the company was sold to Permira in 2006 and then to current owner General Dynamics in 2008.

Several staff have become part of the furniture, including Elie Zelouf, who started working for Jet Aviation in 1968 as a maintenance inspector. Constance Sutter joined Jet Aviation as an avionics engineer in 1973 and is Basel's longest standing employee still on the payroll.

Murphy looks to the future however: "Earlier this year, we introduced our One Jet transformation, investing in our systems, processes, service standards and people, in recognition of the fact that we need to stay relevant for the future as we continue to grow. We will continue to implement this in 2018 and beyond, and we look forward to soon opening our third hangar in Singapore. Last month we broke ground on our new wide-body hangar in Basel, which will be completed by the end of next year."

 
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