Jetex going from strength to strength
Jetex Flight Support CEO and president, Adel Mardini, says the company is looking forward to taking care of aircraft from its new FBO Terminal at Dubai South.
Aircraft displaying at November’s MEBAA show had the chance to experience Jetex Flight Support’s capabilities first hand.
The company was the official FBO and handler for the business aviation show, and provided full flight support services for business aviation flights through its newly built FBO terminal at the Aviation District in Dubai South.
The operator also provided bespoke FBO facilities for passengers and crew, in addition to customs and immigration services, visa arrangements, aircraft parking, and coordination of aircraft display areas at the show.
“We were thankful to the organiser, F&E Aerospace, and MEBAA, for this opportunity to further strengthen our reputation as one of the leading general aviation service providers across the Middle East,” said Adel Mardini, CEO and president.
“Our skilled and friendly team of groundhandlers and customer service professionals is dedicated to ensuring the best possible personalised services for all our valued clients.”
F&E said the agreement was “testament to the quality standards” that Jetex offers its clients.
Dubai has a special place in Jetex’s heart as the company was launched at the Dubai Airshow in 2005. It then went on to establish its first FBO in Paris in 2009.
Since then, it has opened 30 locations throughout the world and currently employs more than 300 members of staff.
It opened its facility at DWC at the 2013 Dubai Air Show and became the first international standard of business aircraft handling (IS-BAH)-certified FBO in Dubai.
Mardini said: “DWC marks Dubaiʼs development as one of the worldʼs leading aviation hubs. It made absolute sense for us to be present here and this general aviation terminal sets a new standard of excellence for our global customers.”
The facility is part of the Dubai South VIP Terminal that also includes the first presence in Dubai for Abu Dhabi-based charter operator and maintenance provider Falcon Aviation Services. The central terminal lounge is hailed by the Jetex founder as a “showpiece” which he said is radically different to anything else on the market.
“Jetex provides exceptional FBOs, aircraft fuelling, groundhandling and global trip planning services,” said Mardini, adding that the 1,500sqm facility is “the biggest in the region and, we’re pretty sure, the world”.
“In addition to the largest FBO lounge in the world, there is also 50,000sqm of dedicated ramp parking space.
“A state-of-the-art 5,000sqm hangar facility, currently under construction, will be available for aircraft storage and maintenance in 2017.”
Mardini’s ambitions continue: “We would like two more in Europe and are looking at Asia and Saudi Arabia. We are targeting 30 FBOs by the end of the decade. However, our aim is not to be the biggest, but the best.”The design of Jetex’s Al Matoum lounge is inspired by upmarket international hotels, said Mardini, rather than the more traditional Arabian-influenced décor favoured by many FBOs in the region.
Aircraft operators that missed the chance to experience the Jetex service at MEBAA will get another opportunity in November.
Adel Mardini, CEO and president