Jet Aviation breaks ground for new wide-body hangar in Basel

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After two years of planning, negotiations and preparation, Jet Aviation hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony for its new wide-body hangar project in Basel on Tuesday (21st November).

The new 8,700 sq mtr state-of-the-art hangar is scheduled to become operational at the end of 2018.

“We have a long history of handling major modifications and completions at Jet Aviation, and we are fully committed to investing in the latest technologies that support the highest quality and safety standards for our customers worldwide,” said Jet Aviation Group President, Rob Smith. “This investment also reinforces our commitment to Basel - our home base. We will create new jobs for the local community and help to further strengthen Basel as a hub for European aviation.”

Suitable for wide-body projects up to Boeing 747, the new hangar is being built to meet increased demand for wide-body completions and refurbishments. The hangar will provide an additional 4,550 square meters of hangar space to accommodate a number of wide- and narrow- ody aircraft simultaneously. The project also extends the tarmac by 5,000 square meters while adding 2,000 square meters for shops and offices. To maintain capacity and capabilities throughout the hangar project, the company has leased additional hangar and shop space. It has also built a pathway to ensure employees have proper access to all of the hangars.

“Integrating a large complex project such as this into an existing operation could not have been done without exceptional teamwork,” said Sylvain Von Hof, Director Real Estate, Facility Management & Security, EMEA and Asia. “On behalf of Jet Aviation, I’d like to thank you - all our partners - for your much-appreciated efforts and support in helping us develop this hangar. We simply would not be celebrating this groundbreaking if it weren’t for your hard work and cooperation.”

Despite the large-scale changes, disruption to both customers and employees is expected to be minimal throughout the hangar’s construction. Jet Aviation has leased additional hangar and shop space to maintain capacity and capabilities throughout the process. The extended tarmac will enable larger aircraft to easily approach the new hangar.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 23rd November 2017 | Issue #440