ZURICH, Switzerland / November 26, 2013 – Jet Aviation announces the appointment of Alain
Champonnois as the new vice president and general manager of the company’s FBO and line maintenance
operations in Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina, Saudi Arabia, effective January 1, 2014.
As general manager for Jet Aviation in Saudi Arabia, Champonnois is responsible for overseeing the company’s
three FBO and line maintenance operations and will report to Stefan Benz, vice president of MRO and FBO
Operations in EMEA & Asia. He succeeds Hardy Bütschi, who was recently appointed vice president and
general manager of Jet Aviation Dubai.
Champonnois is a 20-year industry veteran. He joins the company from Skyservice Business Aviation, where he
held a number of senior positions in ground operations and fuel supply management, most recently as vice
president of sales and business development. Previously he served as chairman of the board of directors for
the ExxonMobil Avitat Aviation Council. Champonnois holds a degree in business administration from Kwantlen
Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada. He is fluent in English and French.
“Champonnois has a strong track record of leading high-performing teams in global aviation sales, business
and operations development and management,” says Benz. “He is committed to customer service and
operational efficiency and he is a valued addition to our MRO and FBO network.”
Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia is a long-standing joint venture company with Saudi Arabian partners and was the
first company to set up an FBO in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company currently operates three FBOs in
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Jeddah since 1979, Riyadh since 1983 and Medina since 2012. The facilities
in Jeddah and Riyadh hold Saudi Arabia GACA licenses and offer FBO services, line maintenance and aircrafton-
ground (AOG) services to private, business and military operators. Jet Aviation's ground handling services
at Medina include passenger handling, immigration and customs clearance, transportation, hotel and catering
coordination, aircraft refueling, cleaning and turnaround assistance.
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. Close to 4,500 employees cater to
client needs from more than 20 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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