Jet Aviation Basel Refurbishes Maintenance Shops and Expands Capabilities

BASEL, Switzerland / November 26, 2013 – Jet Aviation Basel has expanded and refurbished its Engine, Wheel and Non-Destructive-Testing shops to increase production capacities.

To improve operational efficiency and production capabilities, Jet Aviation Basel has expanded, restructured and refurbished its Engine, Wheel and Non-Destructive-Testing (NDT) shops. All three shops were doubled in size, reorganized and outfitted with new materials and equipment. The expansion and refurbishment further includes large new storage rooms, a meeting room, office space and a library. A new in-house water purification system has also been installed to recycle water from wheel and NDT activities.

“Along with the restructuring of the shops, we developed and introduced new work processes,” said Arjen Boone, senior director of MRO Supply Chain Management and Support Operations at Jet Aviation Basel. “The shops are now better coordinated to help improve efficiency, meet our strategic business objectives and ultimately enhance customer focus and service quality. This is one of many initiatives that has been undertaken to ensure we continue providing our clients the best support possible.”

“These changes have directly improved our production capacity to enable us to respond to increasing demand and better meet the needs of our valued customers,” added Johannes Turzer, vice president and general manager of the Maintenance Center at Jet Aviation Basel. “This investment demonstrates our commitment to the highest quality standards and the ongoing improvement of our services.”
The company plans to further expand its Engine repair capabilities in the near future. Its engine shop currently supports Honeywell TFE 731, CFE 738, HTF7000 and Honeywell APU GTCP engines.

To ensure off-site customers have access to parts and maintenance when and where required, Jet Aviation operates a spare parts and 24/7 global repair service with dedicated AOG experts at each maintenance location. The parts shop at Jet Aviation Basel maintains an extensive inventory of spares in addition to consignment stock from Gulfstream, Dassault, Honeywell and Universal.

Jet Aviation Basel is a world-renowned completions and maintenance center employing more than 1,600 professionals. The facility has in-house design and engineering departments, along with on-site cabinetry, upholstery, fiberglass and paint shops. The organization is capable of outfitting jets as large as an Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747-8 series and has already completed numerous Airbus 319ACJ, A320, A330, A340 and Boeing B737, B757, B767 and B747-400 aircraft. Jet Aviation Basel also provides aircraft maintenance and repair services to a wide variety of business jets. It is a factory approved service center by Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault and Gulfstream. The location also holds a jet aircraft repair station rating by the FAA #QV1Y440K, and the EASA #CH.145.0232 in addition to approval certificates from close to 20 other national aviation authorities.

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 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. Please visit www.jetaviation.com and follow us on twitter: http://twitter.com/jetaviation.

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