ZURICH / Switzerland, Nov. 21, 2013 – Jet Aviation announces the appointment of Hardy Bütschi as the new vice president and general manager of the company’s maintenance and FBO operations in Dubai, effective January 2014.
In his new role as vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Dubai, Bütschi is responsible for overseeing the company’s maintenance and FBO operations at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport, as well as at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Previously, Bütschi oversaw the company’s operations in Saudi Arabia as vice president of Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia. He will continue to report to Stefan Benz, vice president of MRO and FBO Operations in
EMEA & Asia. The company plans to announce a successor for Bütschi in Saudi Arabia in the near future.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry and almost 10 years with Jet Aviation, Bütschi has considerable experience in sales and marketing, customer support and facility management. He joined Jet Aviation Geneva in 2004 as director of sales and deputy director of customer support, transferring to Jet Aviation Dubai in 2007 to help promote the company’s services throughout the Middle East region. When the company opened its new facility in Jeddah in 2011, Bütschi was appointed vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia, where he successfully secured the GACA bid for the company’s FBO & hangar facilities in Riyadh and further expanded operations to Prince Mohammad Airport in Medina in 2012. He holds a master’s of science degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.
"Jet Aviation Dubai has an outstanding team of dedicated employees,” says Benz. “Coupled with Hardy’s innovative ability to provide improved customer-focused service, I am confident in the team’s ability to continue anticipating customer requirements to ultimately surpass their expectations.”
Jet Aviation Dubai’s maintenance and FBO location was established in May 2005 as a joint venture company with the AL Mulla Group. The facility has a total of 4,200 square meters (45,192 square feet) of hangar space, a workshop area of 1,000 square meters (10,760 square feet), and a two-story FBO building with an area of 1,050 square meters (11,300 square feet). The facility holds EASA #145.0317 maintenance approval and is an FAA #U8JY426Y repair station. It also holds Bermuda DCA, Cayman CAA, Jordan CARC, Saudi Arabia GACA, Pakistan CAA, India DGCA and UAE GCAA approvals. Jet Aviation Dubai is an authorized service center for maintenance and warranty support to Boeing BBJ, the Gulfstream G150, G200, GIV and GV, G550 and G650 series, the Dassault Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X series, and full service capability for Hawker Beechcraft 800/900 series and Embraer Legacy aircraft, including L4 and L12 inspections. The company expanded its VIP handling service delivery to Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) in December 2012.
Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967
and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. More than 4,500 employees cater
to client needs from 21 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South
America. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel
services, along with aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and personnel services. Jet Aviation's
European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of more than 250 aircraft.
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