Jet Aviation extends B777 MRO work in Europe, adds new capabilities in Middle East

Jet Aviation Aviation announced a work scope extension of its existing Boeing 777 capabilities in Basel. The facility holds maintenance approval for over 50 aircraft types.

Jet Aviation Basel is now approved for heavy maintenance on the Boeing 777 up to and including 15-year checks. The work scope extension required the company to invest in additional specialised tools and training for the Boeing 777 and was approved in late 2022.

“This extension of our work scope for the Boeing 777 in Basel is a fantastic achievement and cements our position as one of the leading global maintenance providers for wide- and narrow-body business aircraft,” says Cyril Martiniere, VP MRO Europe and GM Basel. “The application was in response to increasing market demand for these capabilities in Basel and demonstrates our commitment to investing in our growth in line with the needs of our customer. The Boeing 777 is an important platform and we are delighted to be able to offer heavy maintenance on this aircraft to our customers across the region and beyond. I look forward to welcoming more 777s to Basel in the future.”

Jet Aviation Basel holds maintenance approval for over 50 aircraft types and is an authorised service center for Airbus Corporate Jets, Boeing Business Jets, Gulfstream and Embraer. The facility comprises six hangars totalling over 36,700 square-meters, with an additional 13,500 square-meters of workshops, and can accommodate aircraft up to Airbus 380 and Boeing 747.

“As one of the largest and most experienced business jet maintenance providers in the world, we are proud to be able to offer our customers such a wide array of services from heavy base maintenance, to refurbishment or system upgrades, as well as line maintenance, aftermarket services, and AOG,” says Jeremie Caillet, senior vice president  regional operations EMEA. “Maintenance is one of our core businesses in EMEA and this scope extension is a further example of our continued commitment to meet the evolving requirements of customers across our network.”

New capabilities in Middle East
Jet Aviation also said it has expanded maintenance, interior refurbishment, NDT, and borescope capabilities at its Dubai DXB Facility. The company has also expanded line maintenance and on-site support services in the region.

In response to customer demand, Jet Aviation has increased maintenance and refurbishment capabilities at its hub in Dubai DXB. Modular tail docking capability was added to the base maintenance hangar to allow more efficient heavy structural repairs on large cabin aircraft, while refurbishment capability, including full-cabin refurbishment, was extended with the addition of avionic modifications and upgrades, such as high-speed internet.

“We are committed to providing an effortless experience for all of our customers,” says Hardy Bütschi, vice president regional operations Middle East & GM Dubai. “Part of this is growing and developing our capabilities and expertise to meet the evolving requirements of customers in and visiting the region. Over the past year we have seen more requests for larger cabin refurbishment, structural repair projects, avionic modifications, and upgrades at our fixed-wing maintenance site in Dubai and have adapted and expanded our capabilities to match. I am extremely proud of the team for this continued commitment to going above and beyond for our customers across all of our maintenance services, whether base maintenance or heavy refurbishment, an AOG in a remote location, or even customised on-site fleet support.”

To support increasing volumes of NDT inspections for both maintenance and Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI) requests the facility has also introduced improved techniques and equipment to cover Eddy Current & Ultrasonic inspections, as well as expanding on-site borescope capabilities both in-house and with OEM partners in the region.

In addition to this expansion of base maintenance capabilities in Dubai, Jet Aviation has extended line maintenance capabilities in the region into Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi and on-demand services into Abu Dhabi International Airport. Further line maintenance expansion is expected in Saudi Arabia for 2023.

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