Swiss business aviation providers Vertis Aviation and ExecuJet have teamed to offer the first Gulfstream G650 offered for charter in Europe. The Swiss-registered aircraft is based at Zurich, and its operators expect the jet’s long range and high speed to be in high demand this summer. Delivered to Vertis Aviation, the G650 is outfitted with eight seats in double-club configuration and six divan-style seats that offer lie-flat rest facilities. The communications suite includes high-speed Wi-Fi, satellite TV, two Apple TVs and two Blu-ray players.
The World Economic Forum, held annually in Davos, Switzerland, traditionally attracts a large number of business aircraft, and this year was no exception, with hundreds of government and business leaders heading to the area. Jet Aviation Zurich this year handled 726 movements and nearly 2,000 passengers during the course of the conference (January 22 to 25), while tallying fuel sales of more than 1.1 million liters (290,000 gallons). The FBO noted larger aircraft carrying more passengers this year.
Jet Aviation relocated its FBO at Zurich International Airport to a new building adjacent to the existing General Aviation Center. It has been rebranded with the new corporate look and feel unveiled earlier this year at Jet Aviation’s FBO in Geneva. The new Zurich FBO now has a separate entrance with a reception area and customer lounge, as well as a “spacious” customs and immigration area. An expanded crew lounge with a snooze room at the Zurich facility will be completed in November, Jet Aviation said.
Lufthansa Technik Switzerland (LTSW) in Basel will undergo extensive restructuring to concentrate exclusively on line maintenance, light base maintenance and logistics services for its customers at Euro Airport. The company plans to reduce its 304-employee workforce to 82.
Ruag may have to close its Zurich-Kloten site “due to unfavorable cost structures,” according to a spokesman for the company’s Aircraft Services Network, which maintains business and executive jets. He said the civil aircraft maintenance business is strategically important to the company, but cost pressure and lower margins are forcing management to revise its strategy.
Spurred by representatives from St. Gallen/Altenrhein Airport, five other smaller Swiss airports–at Bern, Buochs, Lugano, Samaden and Sion–have launched an attempt to secure a larger share of the country’s business aviation traffic.