Zurich. 23 January 2019. Jet Aviation has augmented its (Fixed Base Operator) FBO in Zurich to support the surge in VIP aircraft and world leaders attending the 49th annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos from January 22 to 25, 2019. Jet Aviation is handling the majority of head-of-state aircraft and passengers during the meeting, bringing in extra personnel from its other FBO locations and tripling its on-site VIP automobile fleet to help with ground transportation.
Each year, leaders in business, politics, academia and the arts flock to the mountain resort of Davos, Switzerland, to discuss matters of global concern at the World Economic Forum (WEF). With most attendees flying into Zurich for the conference, WEF is one of the largest events for Jet Aviation`s FBO network. Company officials say it is the most important and challenging annual event for the company’s FBO in Zurich.
“We are delighted to offer this elite group of leaders a warm welcome to Switzerland and seamless transfer to Davos,” says Joao Martins, senior director and GM of Jet Aviation’s FBO Operations in Zurich. “Our goal is to exceed customer expectations by anticipating their needs and providing the highest quality of handling services. We begin preparing for the prestigious WEF event months in advance.”
To ensure sufficient personnel were on hand for the influx of air traffic and customers during WEF, the Zurich FBO brought in team members from Jet Aviation Business Jets and other FBO locations in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; Singapore; Teterboro (NJ), USA; Dubai, UAE; and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Jet Aviation’s FBO in Zurich became an IS-BAH-registered company in December 2016, receiving IS-BAH Stage II certification in December 2018.
Jet Aviation Zurich offers FBO handling and fueling services, and is the only location at the Zurich airport providing Avgas. Located just 15 minutes from the heart of Zurich’s financial district, the facility is a convenient entry point for those attending the many international events held in Switzerland. As the market leader and FBO of choice, hundreds of leaders in government and business pass through Jet Aviation Zurich every year on their way to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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 4,800 employees cater to client needs from close to 50 facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and the Caribbean. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services and personnel services. Jet Aviation’s European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of some 300 aircraft.