Air, Crafted

Since 1967, Jet Aviation has been crafting flight in its smoothest form. From one hangar in Basel, Switzerland, to some 50 locations worldwide. Maintenance to management, completion to charter; countless hours of expertise creating an experience so easy, it seems effortless.

Since 1967: Elie Zelouf, one of Jet Aviation’s first employees, shares his story

Where We Are Today

Behind every effortless experience, are our people. 4,000 artisans of aviation. Whether in the air, or on the ground, arriving or departing, underneath every journey are hundreds of hands, dedicated to the details. We started as a family business, and throughout our growth we have maintained our commitment to this personalized service.

Owned by General Dynamics since 2008, we uphold the GD values of Trust, Honesty, Alignment and Transparency in everything we undertake.

A Brief History

Jet Aviation established with maintenance facility in Basel, Switzerland 1967 / Enters charter and aircraft management businesses in Europe 1972 / Launch of first completion at Paris Airshow 1977 / Jet Aviation enters Middle East with FBO in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1979 / Acquires Stead Aviation and opens FBO in Bedford, Massachusetts 1984 / Launches Aircraft Management business with acquisition of Executive Air Fleet 1985 / Establishes in Singapore 1995 / Staffing business launches 1996 / Aircraft Management and Charter business launches in Hong Kong 2001 / Acquired by General Dynamics 2008 / Acquisition of Hawker Pacific 2018

Our Promise

We ensure every detail matters, making each and every customer feel valued and esteemed. We are the effort behind effortless.

Service Excellence

At the surface, there is calm. A fine layer of simplicity and elegance. This is where you are. Our commitments to safety, performance, respect and trust are what get you there. Each and every time.

Commitment to Safety

Safety runs deep in our culture. From our roots in Swiss precision, to our commitment to the latest certifications and audits, we are dedicated to ensuring that you and your aircraft are always in safe hands.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Being a good corporate citizen is a part of everything we do. From our people to our processes, we help make aviation sustainable. This is how we make you a part of the solution too.

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Our People

Our people and their passion are what make us Jet Aviation. Our leaders nurture this passion, to ensure excellence at every turn.

David Paddock

President & VP General Dynamics

David Paddock was named president of the Jet Aviation Group in July 2019, after having held SVP roles in regional operations (U.S.), business development, and strategic planning since joining the company in January 2007.

Drawing on over 20 years’ aviation experience, Paddock was appointed SVP U.S. Operations in January 2017, where he was responsible for the entire U.S. portfolio of Jet Aviation services. He also oversaw corporate acquisitions, numerous facility expansions, and significant improvements in operational efficiency.

Prior to joining Jet Aviation, Paddock served as VP and managing officer for SH&E, specializing in business aviation strategy, market analysis, and planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering from Stockton University and is active with many industry organizations including GAMA, MEBAA, and The Wings Club.

Stefan Benz

SVP Regional Operations EMEA

Stefan Benz joined Jet Aviation as VP MRO sales for EMEA & Asia in January 2011 and was appointed SVP of MRO & FBO services for EMEA & Asia, excluding Basel, in August 2012.

Benz has served as SVP regional operations EMEA, including responsibility for flight services EMEA and Asia, since the company acquired Hawker Pacific in September 2018, and formed a third region for Asia-Pacific (APAC).

Prior to joining Jet Aviation, Benz was the general manager of sales, marketing & business development at a large aerospace technology company, serving before that as director of sales, Asia at MTU Aero Engines. He began his aviation career with Daimler-Benz Aerospace in 1997 before eventually moving to the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company (EADS), holding several positions in marketing and regional strategy. He holds a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Stuttgart University.

David Best

SVP Regional Operations Americas

David Best was appointed SVP regional operations and general manager for the Americas, where he is responsible for driving the successful growth of the U.S. region by focusing on customer engagement and advancing our U.S. operations.

Since joining Jet Aviation in January 2017, Best has also managed a number of successful business development projects, most notably the acquisition and integration of Hawker Pacific and the Scottsdale Jet Center in the U.S. He assumed the role of SVP strategic global growth in December 2018 and made significant progress in aligning the sales organization and improving customer data management. 

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Best served Signature Aviation as president Asia, chief commercial officer USA, and managing director EMEA prior to joining Jet Aviation. He is a graduate of the university of Strathclyde, where he earned his MBA, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Wim Buesink

SVP & Group Chief Financial Officer

Appointed group CFO in March 2014, Wim Buesink joined Jet Aviation as vice president of group finance in 2007 and served as head of finance for EMEA & Asia from February 2013.

As CFO, Buesink has overseen several acquisitions and development projects for the company, including that of Hawker Pacific, its largest acquisition to date.

Buesink began his career as an audit manager with Price Waterhouse Coopers in the Netherlands. He moved to Switzerland in 2003 and held senior group finance positions with Gate Gourmet Switzerland and Ascom (Schweiz) prior to joining Jet Aviation. Buesink is a graduate of the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he studied Business Administration; he is also a designated Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Elouisa Dalli

SVP Global Marketing & Communications

Elouisa Dalli was appointed VP global marketing & communications in September 2019, also joining the company’s leadership team.

Dalli joined Jet Aviation as senior director global communications in October 2017, bringing more than fifteen years' experience in communications and journalism.

She began her career as a global commodities journalist, reporting from various locations across APAC, EMEA, and the U.S. Prior to joining Jet Aviation, she spent ten years with Syngenta, serving as head of communications Asia-Pacific out of Singapore from 2012, and as global company spokesperson from Syngenta’s Basel headquarters before that. Dalli is native English and Maltese, with working knowledge of German, Arabic, and some Italian and French. She holds a degree in Economics from University College London.

Mike Dufault

SVP & Group General Counsel

Michael Dufault joined Jet Aviation’s leadership team as SVP & group general counsel in June 2017 after previously serving as the company’s deputy general counsel for the Americas region.

Dufault began his legal career at the United States Department of Justice where he served eight years as a trial and appellate attorney after being accepted into the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  He first joined General Dynamics as an assistant general counsel for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in 2007.  In 2009, Dufault was promoted to serve as assistant general counsel for General Dynamics Corporation at its headquarters.  Dufault transferred to Jet Aviation in 2012. 

Dufault is a graduate with honors from Syracuse University College of Law and is proficient in Thai. 

Evie Freeman

VP Global Customer Standards & Service

Evie Freeman joined Jet Aviation as VP global customer standards and service in January 2020, where she is responsible for developing and implementing a cohesive global strategy to drive exceptional customer service.

Freeman joined Jet Aviation from BBA Aviation – Signature Flight Support, where she spent eleven years, most recently serving as managing director EMEA.

She is the former owner of the London Gatwick FBO sold to Signature in 2000 and founder of the Elite Class VIP Commercial Service currently offered in Luton, U.K., and across the U.S. She has experience leading geographically dispersed teams of 500+ employees. She also led final design, build, and integration of a multi-million capital investment at Luton Airport, creating a state-of-the-art private jet terminal at London’s leading B&GA airport. Freeman trained in ballet and performing arts at Tring Park and the University of Roehampton, has a Diploma in Leadership Skills from Ashridge Business School and completed the BBA Leadership Development Program for Senior leaders at Duke University in Durham NC.

Jane McVeigh

SVP Global Human Resources

Jane McVeigh joined Jet Aviation as SVP global human resources in May 2019 with a focus on employee welfare and engagement, leadership development strategies, and diversity and inclusion.

Prior to joining Jet Aviation, she was VP HR for the international business division within General Dynamics Mission Systems (based in Canada), where she lay the foundations for employee growth and development and conceptualized and delivered a strong leadership development strategy.

She joined General Dynamics Canada in 1999 and is credited for successfully positioning the company as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for five consecutive years. McVeigh holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. She is a certified Integral Coach, and has been recognized as Business Woman of the Year and Woman of Distinction in her home city of Ottawa, Canada.

Joe Reckling

SVP Regional Operations APAC

Joe Reckling was appointed Jet Aviation’s SVP regional operations for Asia-Pacific (APAC) in September 2018 when the company formed the new region.

With the appointment, Reckling joined Jet Aviation’s leadership team. He is responsible for overseeing the company’s business activities throughout the region, which was formed to help capture the value of the Hawker Pacific acquisition and to pursue interests in support of the company’s global vision.

Reckling joined Hawker Pacific as CFO in 2008, having held senior financial, commercial, and managerial roles with various public companies in the U.K. and Australia. A Chartered Accountant, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Cape Town and is a graduate of the Executive Program for Growing Business at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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1Debora Desousa — My day-to-day varies enormously. But I embrace any new task, and treat all of my activities with the same level of priority and professionalism to ensure exceptional customer service for everyone – that’s what gives me a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

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1MikeTyley-Plank — I work for RBI Hawker in Dubai, overseeing the repair of rotor blades for Bell and Leonardo helicopters. I have worked on helicopter blades for 13 years, and it has been fascinating to see how the technology and construction has evolved.

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1Balakrishnan Gurusamy — I am responsible for the inspection of incoming goods and outgoing shipments, and also manage the packing and shipping of outgoing good. Passion and the people I work with are what drive me day-to-day. I am satisfied when I know that the job has been well done.

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1Roger Barchha — I enjoy that my role is so diverse – there is no ‘typical day,’ and every customer is unique. I might be meeting a contact, dealing with complex requests or documentation, or working on designing a personalized sales offer.

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1Mazen Halawani — I love nothing more than working with my team to surpass customer expectations. Whether passengers, crews, government departments, or aviation authorities, their satisfaction is my pledge.

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1Yuki Yueng — Arranging ad hoc flights for customers is anything but routine. It’s my constant attention to all the variable details that helps ensure a safe and seamless customer experience.

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1Duane Hogan — I am a people pleaser. My interactions and relationships with customers is where I find the most joy, and why this job is so meaningful to me.

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1Noelie Stehle — I disassemble, record and distribute furniture parts that require further processing. I need to be thorough and precise to ensure that the next team has the information they need to create stunning pieces that meet customer expectations.

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1César Barros — I have one of the best teams! The spirit is always high and we take great pride in delivering the highest quality on each and every cleaning or paint job to ensure our customers leave with a big smile.

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1Abdul Waris — Taking care of my team is the best way I can meet the needs of our customers. I focus on the smallest details to ensure my team has the resources and guidance they need to go above and beyond.

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1Victoria Reina-Duffy — I believe our commitment to doing what is right, and not what is easy, is what makes us the best. We do this without compromising on customer care.

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1Issac Lemos — I approach each day with a clear mind and a positive attitude. I take great pride in anticipating what our customers need before they even have to ask.

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1Tom Zacharias — As a specialist in warranty invoicing, it is my job to ensure customers are charged correctly. I need to fully understand the projects I work on and am in frequent contact with our maintenance team, the OEMS, and our end customers.

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1Michael Gampert — I love translating a drawing into reality to see a beautiful design come alive. It is a real pleasure to share my knowledge with my colleagues. It keeps me feeling young.

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1Shannon Chieng — I enjoy the practical part of applying technical knowledge to fix aircraft defects. Working with the team to deliver an aircraft in its best condition is immensely satisfying.

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1Nathan Hand — What I enjoy most about my job are the challenges in troubleshooting aircraft systems and being able to learn something new every day.

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1Ilyas Sultan — I love the challenge of finding better ways of doing something. It’s very rewarding work. I know many of my customer personally, and there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing I’ve made them happy by solving their problem, quickly.

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1Nazarulrizal bin Ibrahim — I really enjoy towing aircraft. It requires skill and brings me great satisfaction. With my years of experience in ramp support, I often know what customers need even before they ask for it.

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1Michel Lehmann — My priority as an Engine Mechanic is to keep the engines safe and efficient for operation.

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1Cathy Moore — I love working with my team. We are a family and truly have a passion for helping others. When you can make a customer happy it is the best feeling.

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