...Jet Aviation To Launch Maintenance Facility In Dubai...

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During the Dubai Show, Jet Aviation unveiled construction plans for a new facility to be located at the Dubai International Airport. In addition to its facilities in Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the Dubai location will be the third Jet Aviation facility in the Middle East and will primarily offer maintenance service and fixed-based operations. Jet Aviation Dubai, a joint venture with the Almulla Business Group of Dubai, is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2004 and will include a large hangar capable of accommodating two BBJs or Airbus Corporate Jets in addition to 1,000 square meters of workshop space. Jet Aviation Dubai will offer scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft repair, aircraft modifications and avionics installations and retrofits for a large variety of business aircraft, as the maintenance division plans to apply for authorized service center status for Boeing, Gulfstream, Falcon, Cessna, Raytheon and Embraer aircraft. On a related note, Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia recently reported a market share increase of 5 percent in the FBO business. Jet Aviation's facilities in Jeddah and Riyadh were established in 1979 and 1983, respectively, where both facilities now offer aircraft handling, executive charter, line maintenance and aircraft-on-ground (AOG) services to private, business and military operators. The two locations each hold Saudi Arabian Presidency of Civil Aviation (PCA) certification.