Wijet, the Paris-based business aviation operator, has signed a fixed base operation service agreement with Jet Aviation to use handling services through its network of FBOs in Europe. Formerly based in the UK, Wijet moved its operations to continental Europe in 2018. It is the exclusive partner of Air France La Premiere for all business aviation requests.
Under the service agreement, Jet Aviation becomes Wijet's preferred handling service provider in Europe, supporting all aircraft operated by Wijet through its FBO locations in the region. Wijet is based in Paris and currently operates three Hondajets. With a backlog of 13 more Hondajets from a 2017 agreement, Wijet expects to manage 16 business jets in the near future.
“Our goal is to exceed customer expectations by providing seamless services to ensure the comfort and safety of aircraft owners and operators when and where needed,” said Oliver Bergsch, VP sales management EMEA and APAC. “This agreement highlights the quality of our handling services and the commitment of our experienced personnel to the highest standards. We look forward to providing a warm welcome to Wijet aircraft and passengers at our facilities.”
Jean-François Hochenauer, Wijet CEO, adds, “We have an aggressive plan to grow our fleet and wanted a reliable partner we can trust to deliver quality services to our clients as we expand the business. Having recently re-located from the UK to the continent in order to be closer to our customers, Jet Aviation's extensive FBO network is highly reputed and extends a lot of tangible benefits.”
Jet Aviation currently operates nine FBOs in Europe, including Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Berlin (Schonefeld und Tegel), Dusseldorf and Munich, Germany; and Vienna, Austria. It acquired the former KLM Jet Center FBOs in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in October 2018, later gaining IS-BAH Stage 2 certification for all of its European FBOs, except for Amsterdam and Rotterdam, in December. The company is currently aligning its processes with the former KLM Jet Center and intends to receive IS-BAH certification for the Dutch locations before the end of 2019.