Jet Aviation Celebrates the Grand Opening of its Wide-body Completions Hangar at Basel

Located at Basel’s EuroAirport, the new 9,600-square-meter (103,333-square-foot) wide-body hangar is large enough to house an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 747-8 simultaneously, as well as a number of mid-size aircraft.

Basel/Switzerland, May 16, 2008 – At today’s celebration, Jet Aviation inaugurated one of the largest hangars in Europe for the completion of wide body aircraft. Located at Basel’s EuroAirport, the new 9,600-square-meter (103,333 square-foot) wide-body hangar is large enough to house an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 747-8 simultaneously, as well as a number of mid-size aircraft. With a total investment of CHF 65,0 million, the hangar was completed within a record time of only seven months.

“The additional capacity will help us satisfy the growing demand for premium completion services. It also will strengthen our leading position in Europe and allows us to have more flexibility in the planning of large completions projects,” explains Peter G. Edwards, CEO of the Jet Aviation Group. Jet Aviation invested roughly CHF 65,0 million into the new state-of-the art wide-body hangar which at 9,600 sq m (103,333 sq ft) can accommodate an Airbus A380 and a Boeing 747-8 simultaneously along with three mid-size aircraft. The hangar was completed in a record time of only seven months. In the future, all wide body aircraft will be outfitted or refurbished in the new hangar while the company’s other eight hangars will be primarily dedicated to maintenance services. The growth of Jet Aviation at EuroAirport and the hiring of 350 to 400 new people will contribute significantly to strengthening the tri-national business community. The current headcount is close to 1,700 employees.

“Finishing the wide-body hangar in such a short period of time was an outstanding achievement and resulted from the extraordinary effort and the dedication of all involved parties,” says André Wall, COO of Jet Aviation in EMEA & Asia. He adds, “The success of the entire project was only possible because of the excellent cooperation with the neighboring communities and the full support we received by the customs authorities. At the same time, the development of the South Zone by the EuroAirport was moved quickly.” Jürg Rämi, CEO at EuroAirport confirms, “Indeed, our schedule was ambitious but we still managed to beat our timetable for the south zone by three months. The new hangar certainly will make our airport location even more attractive and will establish the EuroAirport as a worldwide competency center for aircraft completions, refurbishment and maintenance.”

Swiss firm Losinger Construction managed the project and its aggressive timeframe, reaching major milestones on schedule. Jet Aviation contracted Losinger last November and excavation work was already completed the same month. Building started in earnest in December and was finished within a month. On March 30, the entire 9,000 sq m (96,875 sq ft) roof, which weighed more than 1,500 tons, was lifted in place, and two weeks later the doors were installed. To ensure customer’s aircraft are totally protected, final tests involved flooding the hangar and checking the sophisticated fire detection and prevention systems, said to be the best in the world today.

The decision by EuroAirport to develop the airport’s South Zone made it possible for Jet Aviation to realize this large project. Excavation of the largest construction site in the Alsace region in 35 years at the new zone “6bis” at EuroAirport started in September 2007. Home of one of the largest completions hangars in Europe, the new area eventually will house sheet metal, composite, avionics and component repair shops, as well as a part of the company’s engineering and interior design departments, administrative and client offices and will add a total of 18,900 sq m (203,437 sq ft) to Jet Aviation’s facility in Basel.

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