Jetex Ground Handling

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) – most organizations have them but how often does your staff actually reference them and do they get what they need from them?

Why do we write SOPs?

Writing SOPs to fall in line with safety, quality, efficiency, regulations and audits is the aim but comprehension of the teams that are on the line doing those tasks should also be a factor. Some might say don’t the “Work instructions” do that? Yes, the work instructions give you the “How” but having the “Who, What and When” drives the effectiveness.

If you are creating SOPs just to get a tick in the box from that biannual audit, then their effectiveness becomes uncertain. An effectively communicated SOP improves the team’s understanding and in turn the value the SOPs will bring to the business.


Here are a few steps to help convey your message:


  • Involve the team – Interviewing staff who do the task is one way but shadowing them or having them write out the steps that go into it makes the right information go in. Obviously, the quality department should review it and gain the endorsement from higher management.
  • When staff gives you the information to explain how the task is done, try and record or ask for some of the normal shortcuts (habits) people take. They may be reluctant but let them know this is to find a better way and to help keep them safe. Another way to do this would be to run some internal audits and use those observations to note down the hazards and root causes as to why they take those shortcuts.
  • The dry run – you have the information, but does it work in real scenarios? Involve other team members to try the procedure and get new readers – those that didn’t contribute earlier- to comprehend the procedure. You can also ask someone not too familiar with the role to help find any gaps in the information as though a new joiner were reading them.
  • Add a section on some of the common hazards with the effects that may arise with each task. These would serve as a reminder to the team and would help them to consider and identify those habits.
  • Easy to Read – using words that the team would use conversationally and if some terms need elaborating then add them in the definitions section. Another way to help in comprehension would be the next point below;
  • Using flow charts is a great way to draw out the map of sequences/activities and other department collaborations. Use a color scheme and logos to help engage and drive the message.
  • Pictures – using pictures really helps communicate the message. Along with the right way tasks are completed, add some pictures of negative outcomes with a big red X.
  • Make the SOPs materials that can be used in training. Whether it’s a new employee, promoted staff or someone coming back from a long vacation, a quick read through should help refresh and educate.
  • Long SOPs – if it’s too much information it may be avoided by staff. Try splitting large pieces, but show the connections. As mentioned above, during any training ask staff ‘is it too long’ or ‘would it make sense to…’.
  • Let the teams know that these SOPs are not set in stone – they should always communicate any new ideas and improvements to help drive the effectiveness.
  • Show the connection (either through flowcharts, words or pictures) between different departments and clients work together to get the desired results.
  • Understand the objective – why do we need this SOP? New regulations from authorities? Or is it a new service equipment? Understand what needs to be improved and how the impact would benefit us.
  • Risk Assessments can help to construct some important points on the SOP; ‘what not to do’? ‘What are the repercussions of this action?’
  • Stay consistent with the numbering and labels – you don’t want to confuse the reader. It would help them learn the SOPs that are created for other departments thus creating awareness collaboration between departments. Look to the Standards Committee such as ISO, they will have some good direction for you to go with.
  • At the start of the manual, when emailing staff or when training on the new SOPs, use an example with markers/arrows showing how to navigate what key areas are on the SOP. For example, show the relevance of having the revisions marked or the reason we have a Scope.
  • Make it accessible – Online access to folders or on the Employees own access page, see what works in your organization. Some might still need the paper versions close to the work areas or in the break rooms.


SOPs are most important to those teams ‘on the ground’ doing the tasks day-to-day. If your SOPs are not easily understandable and actionable by those people, the staff and business will not benefit from the efficiencies and safety they bring.

By Faisal Nizamuddin, Quality Manager

2016 Is-bah

Jetex Wright Electric

While electric cars are part of mainstream transportation, air travel has remained almost unchanged since its conception. However, electric aircraft are set to revolutionize the way we travel. As climate change becomes an ever more important subject for governments worldwide to address, aviation is looking for ways to reduce its impact. As well as cutting reliance on fossil fuels and CO2 emissions, the electric aviation industry is worth an estimated $178bn. The majority of electric aircraft companies are new startups, but as big players like Boeing move into the space, we can expect R&D costs to surge, bringing electric flight to the masses sooner than you might think.

Electrifying Aviation – the race to recharge

Since the beginning of humans’ quest to fly there have been experiments with electric-powered flight. As far back as the 1880s tests were being carried out using batteries and an 8-horsepower electric motor on a hydrogen-filled dirigible. The airship, you might know them as a blimp or a zeppelin, was able to return to its launch site after its flight – something that had never been achieved before. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that people started notably experimenting with the technology again. In 1973 Heino Brditschka, an Austrian aircraft manufacturer, flew around 300 meters on a modified glider in Linz. The timing is slightly disputed from between nine to fourteen minutes long. In 1998 as part of a classified government program to develop a high-altitude aircraft for surveillance purposes, NASA flew its electric aircraft ‘Pathfinder’ to a record 80,201 feet over Hawaii.

The Constraints of Electric Aviation

It seems that electric cars have become part of the mainstream relatively quickly. It’s now common to see (maybe not always hear) Prius, Lexus and other electric vehicles on the roads in Europe and the USA. Some may ask “Why has it taken so long to make an electric plane?” There are various reasons that affect the development of an electric powered aircraft:
It seems obvious, but the size and weight of an aircraft in comparison to a car is stumbling block for those developing electric aircraft. The plane does not only simply travel in a linear direction, but also take-off and landing, which requires more energy. The number of batteries required to generate energy also creates a challenge for engineers, as their combined weight will greatly reduce the aircrafts efficiency and reduce the number of passengers/luggage it can carry. The typical design of an aircraft is made to accommodate the fuel reserves, so the wing design and weight distribution will also need to redesigned for an electric aircraft.

Battery Storage
Jet fuel for General Aviation contains around 14 times more energy than the most advanced lithium-ion battery in use today. In order to generate the same amount of energy for similar distances, an excessive amount of batteries are required. e-VTOL batteries must be able to discharge at rates roughly 10 times faster than the batteries in electric road vehicles. Cooling the internal of the aircraft as well as the batteries requires more energy. A fuel reserve is also required, in case of emergencies.

What is a hybrid electric aircraft?

Hybrid-electric aircraft are powered by gas turbine engines which drive electrical generators to power electric motor driven fans. Thrust can be provided by a mixture of gas turbines and electrical propulsors. Due to the storage issues of fuel cells and batteries, it would be impossible to power a commercial jet. Until battery technology advances, hybrid planes can help bridge the gap between jet engines and fully electric flight.

The Future of Electric Aviation

You might have heard of eVTOL – electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing that is paving the way for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). With the expansion of cities, mega-cities and urban sprawl around the world, the need for fast, convenient and environmentally friendly travel has increased. UAM would allow travelers to make short haul regional trips with environmental advantages. As well as reducing air pollution, noise pollution will also be reduced, allowing electric flights to continue through the night and early mornings – unlike current commercial flights.

Leading the way is Uber Air, the ridesharing giant, looking to dominate the per-seat charter market of the skies. They are enlisting the help of multiple startups around the world to innovate electric powered aircraft or ‘air taxis’. Currently they have six partnerships, including Embraer and Boeing, who are trialing a variety of designs and engines.

According to Embraer, around 300,000,000 people travel more than 45 minutes within an urban area, so the widescale use of air mobility would help to drastically reduce congestion. Their concept, which the public can submit a name for, has eight lifting props, a short wing and a single pusher propeller. Jaunt Air Mobility, the most recent partnership announced by Uber Air, appears more like a helicopter than plane. The hybrid uses the main rotor for take-off and landing (much quieter than a traditional helicopter) and the propellers then take over while cruising.

Another company aiming to bring electric aviation to the masses is Wright Electric, the brainchild of Jeff Engler, CEO. In April 2018 Jetex and Wright Electric announced a partnership to help bring electric aircraft to the general aviation market. The plan is to bring Jetex’s global support to the aircraft for short haul flights.

To start, Jetex will implement the charging infrastructure and full support for electric aircraft, expanding throughout our global FBO network. We will also invest in production of the first electric aircraft globally. What does a flight in a Wright Electric powered aircraft look like? With an estimated range of 540km or 335 miles, a passenger can fly from Dubai to Muscat or Malaga to Casablanca on one single charge.

Electric Aviation in Commercial Flight

Electric flight is not just for General Aviation. Commercial airlines are also putting their names and budget behind advancing the technology required to bring electric planes to mass tourist travel. EasyJet, the British low-cost airline, is one of the most notable companies to put its name behind developing electric aviation. In partnership with Wright Electric they aim to develop a fleet of electric planes to cover short-haul routes by 2030. Those routes, or ‘flyways’ could cover up to 500km – that’s from London to Amsterdam. This could see the carrier becoming the first electric airline in the world.

In Norway, where the countries expansive fjords and rough terrain make air travel more efficient than road, the government is making an impressive pledge. It announced that by 2040 all its domestic flights will be electrically powered. In a country where the shortest internal flight is 12 minutes – the same journey taking several hours by car, the initiative could revolutionize everyday flights.
The advancement of urban air mobility will also demand new infrastructure in cities. Uber Air recently announced a partnership with Signature Flight Services to develop a ‘Skyport’ infrastructure. The first location will be in California in association with real estate developer Related Companies.

Infrastructure for Electric Flight

As well as terminals for take-off and landing there will be new pressures for traffic management. Companies including Embraer have suggested plans for an ‘urban air traffic management’ (UATM) system to allow the air taxi concept to thrive. This would include flight and route planning, traffic management and weather monitoring. This would also require a high authority to preside over the flights and close routes when needed.

It’s an exciting time for the industry that transports millions of passengers daily. We’re looking forward to see what’s next for hybrid planes, eVTOL and personal electric aircraft.

Marbella Trip

This summer, let Jetex design your ultimate vacation to Europe. Whether you want to relax at an exclusive beach club or explore the a city’s hidden treasures, take a look at our top 6 summer destinations.


If you’ve been on Instagram lately, or ever, then you’re familiar with the beautiful white-washed houses and sapphire seas of Santorini. Formed by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century, this rugged island in the Aegean Sea should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. Our Experience Team recommends a private yacht tour around the island to enjoy it’s cliffside villages and secluded beaches. Touring around the island, your boat will head to the southwest tip of the island near Pharos and onto the quiet beach at Akrotiri. After relaxing with an on-board lunch you head to Red Beach to watch the sunset over Oía.



If you want to continue your summer in the Aegean, head to Mykonos for a St Tropez meets Ibiza laid back vibe. The island is known for it’s exclusive nightlife scene, with some of the most desirable beach clubs in Europe. Head to Scorpios private beach club for potential celebrity spotting, or Nammos Mykonos for laid back cocktails on the beach. It’s not all about the partying – check out the famous whitewashed windmills or take a boat trip to Delos Island, the mythological birthplace of Apollo.



Santo Maris, Santorini


Geneva & Gstaad

It doesn’t get more idyllic than summer in the alps – think snow-capped peaks, wild-flower dotted meadows and inviting streams. Fly to Geneva for a short stay, perfectly positioned to start your Alps tour. Relax at breakfast in Place Bourg du Four before heading to one of the world-renowned watch houses, including Patek Philippe, Breguet and Audemars Piguet. We would also recommend the International Museum of Horology to learn how the Swiss became timepiece leaders. Of course, a trip wouldn’t be complete without sampling delicious Swiss Chocolate, so satisfy your sweet tooth at one of the famous chocolate houses including Teuscher and La Maison du Cacao.


After your brief stint in the city and the surroundings, head to Gstaad for a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle. If you’re after a complete detox we’d recommend The Alpina Gstaad or Bellevue Gstaad who offer a range of tailored programs to help you truly escape from your stresses and appreciate the stunning landscape that surrounds you. If you’d like to get active there are of course hundreds of hiking trails criss-crossing the moorlands, gorges, valleys and peaks. You might want to experience the Alps from a different perspective – how about a hot air balloon ride or a romantic private experience on a hanging bridge overlooking Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn? The 351ft long bridge between Glacier 3000 and Scex Rouge has a partial glass floor for those who can handle it!


Gstaad Hotel

Gstaad, Switzerland



The Tuscan capital contains some of the finest examples of the Italian Renaissance including Donatello, Giotto, and Michelangelo. Head to the Piazza Duomo with your own private guide to enjoy the architectural treasures in a relatively small space including the bell tower and cathedral. Take a passeggiata, or stroll, across Ponte Vecchio – the arched bridge full of local goldsmiths and art dealers across the Arno river. After a morning of sightseeing, enjoy an espresso at Caffe Gilli, serving locals since 1773. For a stylish afternoon we recommend the Gucci Garden at Palazzo della Mercanzia where you take an immersive tour through the history of the brand, then enjoy a Michelin star meal at the GUCCI OSTERIA DA MASSIMO BOTTURA restaurant.



A European hotspot for beach clubs and yacht parties, Marbella located on the Costa del Sol, Spain is the perfect place to unwind. With the Sierra Blanca Mountains as a backdrop, 27km of sandy beaches and world-class golf courses, there’s something for everyone. Relax at the world-famous Nikki Beach Club in the day and after your sundowners, head down the Golden Mile of nightclubs, leading to Puerto Banus Marina. We would recommend a classic Spanish villa complete with classic courtyard garden, with access to riding club and tennis courts.



The second largest island in the Mediterranean welcome’s visitors with a unique mix of rugged landscapes and crystal blue beaches. It’s a different experience from Italy – the dialect and wildlife remaining unchanged for thousands of years. Sardinia is home to Su Nuraxi – the only living example of stone Nuraghe and fortress to exist on Earth. Spend the morning exploring the stone structures and panoramic views over the island. We would then recommend a vineyard tour and wine tasting. Did you know that Sardinia has been producing wine since the Bronze Age? That’s before the Romans.

The Costa Smeralda – or Emerald Coast – is home to some of the most beautiful coves and beaches in the Mediterranean. Relax on the white sandy shores at Cala Granu beach before heading into Porto Cervo, with its lively marina and Michelin-starred restaurants.


Getting There

Our Experience Team can arrange any trip, anywhere in the world. So if you are looking to travel this summer and want to experience the best hotels, restaurants and experiences, they’re the people the to talk to.

Call or Whatsapp +971 4 212 4088 or email to discuss jet charter, hotel bookings, yacht trips, event bookings and more.

Jetex Paris FBO

Jetex Le Bourget Celebrates 10th Anniversary as Paris Le Bourget Honors its Centenary as a Commercial Airport

[Dubai – UAE, 16 June 2019] This month Jetex Paris Le Bourget celebrates 10 years of its first fixed based operator at Paris Airshow.


Founded in 2005, Jetex quickly expanded to open its first FBO in 2009 at Paris Le Bourget, securing the largest market share at the airport. The launch of the Le Bourget FBO marked an opportunity for Jetex to expand its service offering, exceptional customer service and to become a market leader in the private aviation industry.


Inside the Jetex Le Bourget terminal, spread over 1400m2, boasts Jetex signature amenities including three stunning executive lounges, balcony and private nap room. Travelers enjoy VIP passenger transport and the terminal is also helicopter friendly, so travelers who don’t have time to visit the terminal will experience the Jetex standard of service from door to door. The Jetex terminal also features 50,000m2 of aircraft parking, direct ramp access and abundant car parking that can accommodate more than 30 vehicles.

In 2014 Paris-Le Bourget Airport celebrated its centenary, underlining its reputation as an historically significant site as well as a vital airport for the travelers of today. In 1914, during WW1, Captain Lucca founded Le Bourget when he was looking for a suitable place for defending Paris during the war. This lead to Le Bourget Airport officially opening for commercial use in 1919.


Le Bourget airport, located just north of Paris, is the busiest airport dedicated to general aviation in Europe and home to the longest established FBO that is also the most trusted choice for operators in the Jetex network. Jetex Le Bourget is proud to be France’s first FBO facility to exceed the demanding standards laid out in both the IS-BAH and Safety 1st programs, both of which manage standards of best practice in the global aviation industry. This year the terminal was also awarded 5 Stars by the Global Star Rating System.


Adel Mardini, CEO of Jetex says, “It is an extremely exciting and proud time for us to be celebrating 10 years since the launch of our first fixed based operator at Jetex. Since 2010, the number of flights handled by Jetex has passed 9,000 per year and I attribute this success to the dedication of our talented and hardworking team. We are proud to see customers returning to Jetex – a strong sign of their trust in us. I look forward to seeing Jetex continue to lead the private aviation industry into its next 10 years of growth and development.”


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Gion Neighborhood

Japan is known for its frenetic and high-tech megacities, peaceful shrines surrounded by zen gardens and an exciting assortment of street food. Jetex Experience team can design an itinerary to suit your travel aspirations, including a charter flight to Japan, unique activities and event recommendations.

Take a look at our sample itinerary to jump-start your Japan travel inspiration.

Tokyo – old meets new

Fly to our Jetex Tokyo Haneda or Tokyo Narita locations who can offer you 24/7 operations with an executive lounge to begin your journey. Check in at the Mandarin Oriental with soaring views across the city.

Tokyo is synonymous with Japan’s identity as an exciting mix of old and new, a vibrant city set against the striking backdrop of Mount. Fuji. Once a fishing village, it has now evolved into the economic and cultural heartbeat of Japan. Forget the Top-10 must see’s – instead we suggest discovering the city on foot, through food and with a view.

First we visit the Ryogoku, the center of Japan’s sumo world. As well as the Kokugikan Sumo Stadium, Ryogoku is home to most of Tokyo’s sumo heyas. All rikishi (wrestlers) belong to heyas, or sumo stables, where they live, train and eat. Get up close to these immense men and watch their asa geiko (morning training) – be sure to stay quiet so not to disturb the wrestler’s concentration. Head to the basement banquet hall for chanko-nabe, the very same stew eaten by the wrestlers.

After your morning spent with the sumo heyas, relax at your hotel before spending the evening at Gen Yamamoto, a cocktail bar delivering Japanese creativity in every delicately crafted glass. Watch the owner craft a delicious mix of drinks using a variety of seasonal local ingredients.

Nagano – the Japanese Alps

Host of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, Nagano is not only home to 9 of Japan’s highest mountains but it’s the only place in the world you can see wild monkeys bathing in an onsen (hot spring).

Onsen Spring

Thanks to the crisp, clean water and pure air Nagano is famous for its food – and is a place fit for foodies. Think ethically sourced, locally grown and passionately prepared dishes. Sample delicious soba noodles, local apples and purest sake (brace yourself), as well as a local tradition of oyaki dumplings and bamboo leaf-wrapped sushi.

Stay at the luxurious and contemporary Aburaya Tousen, relaxing in your own private open-air bath.

On next to Kyoto, one of Japan’s best-preserved historic cities with ancient palaces, Zen gardens, 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. Stroll down the most beautiful street in all of Asia, Shinbashi Dori in the chic Gion neighborhood. Swathed by willow trees and glowing paper lanterns – The Shirakawa canal, or “White River,” runs alongside the street and past beautiful wooden teahouses, restaurants, and boutiques.

Gion Neighborhood

Gion Neighborhood Japan

Jetex can organize a unique private tour with a respected local Architect, who will tell the history of each distinguished building and the cultural stories behind them.

Return to your hotel – Four Seasons – situated in the temple district and relax beside the 800-year-old ikeniwa (pond garden).


Delicious street food in Osaka

Known as “the nation’s kitchen,” there’s nowhere better to sample street food in Japan than Osaka. Try Okonomiyaki – like a pancake made with vegetables including cabbage and topped with mayonnaise, bonito flakes and pickled ginger. For a sweet traditional Japanese dish try mitarashi-dango – made with mochi (sweet rice) and drizzled with a syrupy soy sauce.



Stay at the St Regis where you can head to the roof garden and enjoy views over the city.

Depart from Osaka Kansai Airport where our multilingual team can assist you with flight planning and fuel arrangements while you relax in our executive lounge. Speak to our Experience Team who can recommend and book your Japan trip, including jet charter, boutique hotels and VIP transfers.

Contact or +971 4 212 4000

Luxurious Experiences in Paris - Private Tour Eiffel Tower

Many would consider the United States of America as the birthplace of aviation; however, France made many contributions to the advancement of air travel. 2019 marks the 53rd edition of the famous International Paris Airshow, as well as Jetex’s 10th anniversary of our Jetex Paris Le Bourget FBO terminal. To mark these milestones we’ve gone back to where it all began to find out how France contributed to the aviation world.

Record Making

The first company of its type, the Syndicat d’Aviation started by Gabriel Voisin and Ernest Archdeacon in 1905, began with two biplane gliders. It was the first company to specialize in building and designing aircraft exclusively. In November 1906, Gabriel Voisin and his brother Charles formed Voisin Fréres, the first commercial aircraft company. The Voisin Company built gliders and airplanes, producing around 20 units before World War I broke out in 1914.

In 1908 the American Wright brothers, making great advances in the USA, visited France to demonstrate the military advantages of their original ‘Wright Flyer’ machine. Their achievements were passing the American public by almost unnoticed, hence their trip to France where aviation was thriving. They presented the first controllable powered aircraft to the French army and their flights also came to the attention of two French brothers – Rene and Gaston Caudron. The French brothers later went on to set up flying schools in Pau and Le Mans, where pilots trained on Wright machines.

The list of firsts does not stop there. On 25 July 1909, Louis Bleriot made history by becoming the first person to man a flight between continental Europe and Great Britain. Early that morning he set off from the beach near Calais. With no compass and an open cockpit he flew at a height of about 250 feet (76m), at 45 miles per hour.

His plan to follow a French navy frigate across the channel failed as thick fog descended halfway through his journey. He continued and finally spotted the English coast and the sight of a man steering him in with hand signals. He crash landed (and thankfully survived) near Dover and made aviation history, completing the journey in 37 minutes.

Louis Bleriot

Louis Bleriot Image Zenith Watches

It seems the early aviation industry attracted siblings, with the Farman brothers – Henri and Maurice – making great strides in evolving the design and manufacturing process. What we would probably call a ‘speed demon’ nowadays, Henri was attracted to racing. Along with his brother they set a tandem speed record in 1894 and Henri later became an automobile racer. After a major crash, his attention turned to aviation where he excelled. He completed the first closed-circle flight of a kilometer in Europe. Then, on October 30th, 1908 he made the first cross-country flight, between Mourmelon (Bouy) and Reims, France.

In 1912, the brothers formed the Société Henri et Maurice Farman. Farmans became one of the most popular aircraft of World War I, as their plant was the only one prepared to fulfill large orders.

The First World War was a pivotal time for French aviation. At the end of the war, in 1918, France was producing more than 2,700 planes each month. The most successful aircraft was considered to be the Breguet Bre. 14. In the last two years of the war almost 5,500 were produced. The plane went on to service the first European airmail flights, flew the first passenger routes, as well as completing outstanding long-distance flights. In 1919, it flew 1,180 miles (1,900 kilometers) from Paris to Kenitra, Morocco.

The Race to Commercialize

After the war, enterprising businessmen saw an opportunity to offer flights to the public. In 1919 a group of French entrepreneurs began flying routes across the English Channel between Paris and London. By late 1919 they were offering a daily service for up to 14 passengers.

In 1933 Air France was formed from a takeover of the bankrupt Aeropostale and was inaugurated at Paris Le Bourget Airport. They streamlined routes, condensed the fleet and made improvements to passenger comfort with the addition of heating and luggage racks.

French aviation continued to grow, but other nations including the USA and Great Britain, perceived the importance of aviation technology for warfare and politics. They began funding their own research and development and making considerable technological advances. Then came the Second World War, this time rather than advancing the industry, it destroyed it. Factories were looted and engineers fled or were deported.

Operations were greatly reduced during the Second World War and in 1945 Air France became state-owned. It simultaneously became a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), enjoying great success in the ‘golden-age’ of air travel in the 1950’s, serving champagne and hot meals on-board.

In the late 1950’s things started to pick up again, with the development of the mid-range jet the ‘Caravelle’ – successfully exported to United Airlines in the USA. Then, perhaps the most advanced creation was developed by Aérospatiale together with the British Aircraft Corp. The Concorde, launched in 1969, could fly from London to New York in just three and a half hours. But the supersonic jets operated at a loss for thirty years and after a series of fatal accidents, were formally retired in 2003.

France’s contributions did not stop there. Aérospatiale was a founding member of the European consortium that went on to become Airbus. Their first plane, the A300, entered service in 1973. At a time when the USA dominated the aircraft market, the Airbus cemented itself as a leader with the successful A320 and A330 jets. It was firmly accepted as a rival of Boeing in the global market.

The Future

Fast forward to today and the aviation industry in France is thriving, with firms covering all segments of the market, including transport aircraft, business aircraft, helicopters and engines. Multinational companies including Airbus, ATR and Dassault continue to lead the way in aeronautics.

Alongside the innovative and enterprising individuals making great strides in aviation, they were supported by the International Paris Airshow – started in 1909. It showcased the important innovations being made in France and round the world. Now organized by the French aerospace industry’s main body, the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the show regularly attracts over 100,000 attendees and is held every other year.

In 1927 Charles Lindbergh brought fame to the exhibition, after landing at Le Bourget following the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris. 1969 saw the Concorde Supersonic Jet and the Boeing 747 introduced and in 2005 the Airbus A380 was first presented.

2019 marks an important year for Jetex as we celebrate our 10th anniversary of our FBO location at Paris. Our team, based at Paris Le Bourget Airport itself will be happy to discuss your business aviation needs, including trip planning, fuel uplift and ground handling services. Find out more about the International Paris Airshow, or take a look at our Paris Le Bourget services. Visiting Paris? Take a look at our guide to six things to do in the city.


Chartering a private jet to France

As well as our flagship Paris le Bourget location, we also provide FBO locations and services across the whole of France. In 2017 Jetex partnered with EDEIS, specialists in infrastructure management, to bring you 15 locations:

Annecy Mont BlancAuxerreBourgesChâlonCherbourgDijon BourgogneLe HavreNimes Camargue CévennesReimsTarbes Lourdes PyrénéesToulouse FrancazalTours Vale de LoireTroyes, and Vannes Golfe du Morbihan.

Each location can offer bespoke concierge services for your local requirements. Jetex at Paris le Bourget (LBG/LFPB), our first FBO location, services the busiest business aviation terminal in Europe. If you’re travelling to the South of France for summer, Marseille (MRS / LFML) offers direct access to the French Riviera and helicopter transfers to Monaco.

 Annecy (NCY/LFLP) provides good access for skiing across the border in Switzerland and serves as an alternative for Geneva Airport. We now cover two airports in Toulouse, Francazal (LFBF) and Blagnac (TLS/LFBO), offering 24/7 concierge services and fuel arrangements.

To find out more about our services in France, including fuel, permits and permissions, contact our Team at

HondaJet Elite Jetex

The HondaJet Elite, the latest 2018 HondaJet model, brings a series of improvements and updates including additional range, upgraded avionics and interior upgrades. As sole sales representative for HondaJet in the Middle East, Jetex is passionate about the advantages of buying a HondaJet Elite private jet.

About HondaJet

30 years ago Honda Aircraft Company CEO Michimasa Fujino embarked on a passion-project to bring the Honda standard of innovative engineering to private aviation. In 2005 the first model, the HA-420 HondaJet launched and brought with it what is now synonymous with HondaJet – Over-The-Wing Engine Mounts (OTWEM) and a sleek, glassy exterior.

Designed in Japan, the HondaJet is manufactured in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. In 2017 the HondaJet was the most delivered business jet in the “very light jet” (VLJ) category – totaling 43 aircraft sold. Launched in 2018 the HondaJet Elite has a range of upgrades and enhancements, that satisfy pilot and passengers alike.

The future of Honda Aircraft is promising, later this year there are plans to expand their production facilities at their Greensboro factory. The expansion will accommodate wing assembly and parts storage, as the firm aims to increase production from 37 to 50 aircraft. There are also plans to open a second flight simulator for pilot training in France or the UK.

HondaJet Elite Interior

HondaJet Elite Interior

On the Outside

Even to an aircraft novice, it’s easy to see differences in comparison with other jets in the same class. Firstly, the industry leading Over-The-Wing Engine Mounts (OTWEM) – a term coined by Honda for the engines mounted above the wing. The reason behind the patented transformation? A reduction in aerodynamic drag which in turn leads to greater fuel efficiency, but also improvements for passenger experience. As well as reducing cabin noise the change affords a larger cabin and additional aft baggage compartment.

Other subtle changes have been made to improve the overall aerodynamics. The mid aileron fence and small triangle vortex generators have been removed from the winglet as well as a smaller skid plate. The HondaJet Elite range is also improved with the addition of a larger center fuel tank providing up to 90 pounds of additional fuel. That increases possible range from 1,400 miles to 1,650, with less noise pollution.

The characteristic design associated with the HondaJet Elite is not just a superfluous design feature, it also helps to enhance the aerodynamics – particularly the Natural Laminar Flow (NLF). The term describes the airflow over a portion of the wing decreasing in the direction of flow is laminar – moving in the same direction with minimal or no cross-over of air streams. Put simply, air moves quickly and smoothly over the wing to reduce drag and therefore cut fuel consumption. The top of the wing is made from one single piece of aluminium, greatly improving the NLF.

Moving to the engine, the HondaJet Elite is powered by a pair of GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines. Each produces 2,050 pounds of thrust and is the only jet in production with this engine.

All of these small aerodynamic changes help to contribute to best-in class fuel efficiency. The HondaJet Elite burns less than 90 gallons an hour while cruising at Mach 0.70-0.72. This range could take you from Dubai to Addis Ababa in one tank.

Inside the Cockpit

Heading to the flight deck, pilots will find a highly customized Garmin® G3000 avionics suite and three 14.1-inch high-definition displays. The HondaJet Elite can be captained by one pilot if required. The displays are clear and simple to use, no noise or vibrations are produced from the instruments which makes for a calm flight deck experience.

The improvements found in the cockpit have been developed to improve safety and pilot experience.

  • Roll and angle of attack (AoA) functions enhance safety features for manual flying by implementing roll angle and angle of attack functions in the automatic flight control system (AFCS). This will deter aircraft operation outside the flight envelope.
  • AoA indicator provides more enhanced pilot low-speed awareness by offering a pilot-selectable AoA indicator that is fully integrated with the HondaJet’s stall protection system (SFIPS).
  • Take-off⁄landing distance (TOLD) management provides automatic calculation of required runway length, ff-speeds and climb⁄approach gradients.
  • Garmin’s Flight Stream 510 functionality is implemented and allows the flight crew to share flight plan data, primary flight data, and weather data between the Garmin G3000 and a personal device using the Garmin pilot app.

HondaJet Interior

As a passenger on board the HondaJet Elite there are plenty of updated features to enhance your journey. Control the cabin settings from a touch or a swipe of your smartphone or a built-in touchpad controller.

The HondaJet Elite features a speaker-less in-cabin sound system by Bongiovi Aviation. Integrated into the interior panel it gives passengers an immersive experience throughout the cabin, adapting to various flight conditions. Noise is further reduced by an interesting innovation – honeycomb inlets to reduce and attenuate cabin noise.

Hondajet Elite Cabin

Hondajet Elite Cabin

The cabin also enjoys a range of amenities not found in other jets of the same class. A gourmet coffee maker in the galley will please caffeine lovers and an aft lavatory with washbasin and skylight affords added comfort while travelling. If customers aim to maximize seating, the galley can be switched out for an extra seat, and if required the belted lavatory converts to a seat. Flying with one pilot will take the total passengers to 7 in this formation.

HondaJet Sales

Our experienced and knowledgeable HondaJet Sales team, based in Dubai, are ready to answer any questions or queries you may have about the HondaJet Elite. Contact for more information.

Jetex Private Terminal launch

“In a fast-evolving world where the only constant is change and the successful people are the ones challenging the status quo, we’re challenging the history of aviation to not just redefine but reinvent the term Fixed Based Operator (FBO). We are initiating an opportunity for aviation experts and passengers alike to ask themselves what the term FBO means to them and to share what it means to us.

The description of an FBO labels it as a gas station for planes, but since its origin in 1918 it has progressed to becoming a relaxed and stress-free setting for busy travelers. Towards the end of WW1 civil aviation was virtually unregulated and consisted of mainly transient pilots, operating military surplus aircraft that landed wherever it could. This prompted pilots to set up temporary camps offering aircraft maintenance and flight training, which by 1926 when aviation regulations were put in place, then became what we now know one hundred years later as an FBO.

Since the launch of FBOs the need to travel for business has increased drastically and the demand for high standards even more so. Hence, I ask you to question whether you agree that the evolution of FBOs prompts a chance to rename them in order to fully celebrate the extent of what they now offer?

As FBOs formerly provided only operational support, there was a gap in the experience that the upmarket clientele who use private jets were receiving. FBOs now offer an assortment of services that include gym facilities, games rooms, quality food and beverage, concierge, movie theatres and not forgetting a fleet of cars to transport travelers comfortably over the tarmac to their jet.

The hospitality industry didn’t shy from producing unique names for places to stay. Whether guests visit a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast or hostel, they know the standard to expect from each, so why can’t we do the same for our global FBOs? The use of FBOs to solely take care of the operational logistics of traveling on a private jet is becoming a thing of the past and so should the name.

Change is inevitable and we believe that 100 years is enough. What would the natural evolution of the FBO as a name be?”


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Madrid Football Stadium

Spain’s central capital, Madrid, is home to world-renowned art galleries, elegant boulevards and baroque royal palaces scattered among expansive parks and plazas. It’s also the 2019 host of the UEFA Champions League Final, so we have put together a weekend break where you can soak up the tapas culture as well as cheer on the finalists.

Things to do in Madrid

Home to Picasso’s Guernica, arguably Spain’s most famous artwork, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is Madrid’s premier collection of contemporary art. In addition to a large selection of paintings by Picasso you can also admire the works of Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.

Set in a lofty glass and wrought iron building the Mercado de San Miguel is one of Madrid’s oldest markets. Order tapas from the counter bars and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.

Head to Madrid’s grand central square, Plaza Mayor, a rare but spacious opening in the tightly packed streets of central Madrid. One of the prettiest open spaces in Spain, a winning combination of imposing architecture, picturesque historical tales and vibrant street life. Enjoy a coffee or aperitif as you watch the crowds mingle.

After a day spent exploring the city treat yourself to a Michelin starred meal from one of the 21 awarded restaurants in the city. Jetex recommends Santceloni (at Hotel Hesperia) in the heart of Paseo de la Castellana, where Chef Óscar Velasco uses local market produce. In central Madrid we recommend Coque, Mario Sandoval’s creative and avant-garde cuisine.

For football fans the city of Madrid will host the UEFA Champions League final on the 1st June 2019. The final fixture will be played at Atletico Madrid’s famous stadium Estadio Metropolitano (Wanda Metropolitano), in front of a crowd of over 65,000. Jetex can organize VIP tickets to the final UEFA fixture as well as VIP transfers on the day. Contact for more information.

If your loyalties lie with Real Madrid then we can recommend a trip to the club’s famed Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The stadium tour includes access to the bench, changing rooms, the pitch, press room, as well as the presidential box. Relive the club’s best moments as you admire the trophy and memorabilia collection in the Trophy Room and put yourself in the player’s shoes as you walk through the tunnel, the pitch and the changing rooms.

Where to stay in Madrid

The Ritz

Built in 1910 and located in the heart of Madrid’s Golden Triangle of art galleries, this charming Belle-Epoque style hotel is the ideal base for exploring the capital’s cultural gems.

Hotel Wellington

Located in the chic Salamanca neighborhood just a stone’s throw from Retiro Park, this famous Madrid hotel has been visited by royalty and Hollywood stars. Foodies will love its Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant, Kabuki Wellington, as well as its Basque restaurant, Goizeko Wellington.

Flying to Madrid

Chartering a jet to Madrid? Our Madrid (MAD/LEMD) team will ensure all aspects of your chartered flight are taken care of. Our location provides Ground handling and GSE services, Ramp supervision, Hangarage and US customs border protection clearance.

Contact us today to discuss your Madrid flight requirements, including our VAT exemption program for fuel uplift

Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix

May marks one of the most exciting months of the year with several un-missable events on the French Riviera – including Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. Also known as the Cote D’Azur, the Mediterranean shoreline of the southeast corner of France is recognized for its breathtaking coastline views, azure blue sea and luxury jet-set lifestyle.

Starting with the celebrity-filled red carpets at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (14th -25th May), followed by the ultimate adrenaline rush of the 77th annual Monaco Grand Prix (25th-27th May), both Cannes and Monaco have pulled out all the stops to deliver the most exclusive events, best nightclubs and hottest DJs this summer. Jetex can arrange invitations to Opening & Closing ceremonies, film premieres and exclusive galas and after-parties including Chopard and Vanity Fair. If you’re ready to continue the party into the early hours, we can also organize VIP nightclub access at all the best nightlife spots in Cannes. Speak to our Experience team and they can take care of the rest.

Things to see on the Cote D’Azur

Away from the paparazzi and after-parties the Cote D’Azur offers visitors a wealth of antique architecture and beautiful works of art. Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Chagall and Matisse were greatly inspired by the beauty of the region. Jetex recommends a visit to Antibes, boasting the National Picasso Museum, featuring the work “War and Peace” portraying the painter’s love for the area.
For those with a passion for architecture and antiquity, the Greek Villa of Kerylos, the Cimiez Arenas and the Tropaeum Alpium are all evidence of strong ties linking the Côte d’Azur to ancient times. Italy has had a strong influence on French Riviera architecture; the Villa Ephrussi Rothschild, the Chapelle Notre-Dame des Fontaines and the Jean Cocteau Museum (Severin Wunderman collection) in Menton are all excellent examples.

Podium finish in Monaco

Probably the most famous fixture in Formula 1, the Monaco Grand-Prix takes place on the winding streets of Monaco itself – the Circuit de Monaco. The event, run since 1929, makes for a thrilling display as drivers attempt to overtake on the narrow bends as spectators watch from their yachts and the streets. This year expect to see Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc battle it out between his team mate Sebastien Vettel and Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton.

After the podium finish the principality is filled with partying and celebrations into the early hours with opportunities to brush shoulders with drivers and celebrities. Head to the legendary Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo for world-renowned DJ’s, or the highly recommended Sunset bar for an all-day party overlooking yachts in the bay. Jetex can recommend the best dining locations and handle all reservations for your Monaco stay.

If you would like to appreciate all that the Cote D’Azur has to offer from the sea, then we can arrange a private yacht charter in the French Riviera. Enjoy a sunset catamaran cruise for an evening or avoid the crowds as you make your way leisurely to the Monaco Grand Prix by yacht.

Traveling to Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix

As well as organizing your trip itinerary and securing tickets to exclusive events we can also assist you with aircraft charter to Cannes and Monaco. During this high traffic period we would recommend securing PPR slots, local transport and accommodation as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.
Nice (LFMN/NCE) is the preferred airport for Cannes and Monaco with Cannes (LFMD/CEQ) as alternate. Both airports mandate airport slots and prior permission required (PPR). Nice operates 24/7 and can accommodate all aircraft sizes. If you are traveling to Cannes note that the airport is operational from 0800 until 30 minutes after sunset only, with a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 35,000kg. At Nice customs, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) takes place in the general aviation terminal (GAT) between 0800-2100 or at the main terminal or GAT at CIQ’s discretion after these hours. At Cannes CIQ will always be completed at the main terminal.

It is possible that Nice may experience fuel shortages in this period, so it’s suggested to fuel on arrival or partially refuel. A NOTAM will be issued if there is a fuel shortage and uplifts will be limited. Local transport and crew transport will also be in demand during this time, so speak to our Trip Planning team who can make the necessary arrangements with our local contacts. Contact for more information and advice.

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