The private aviation operator Luxaviation Group has incorporated a new hangar and several fleet additions into its ExecuJet Zurich facility, more than tripling its capacity at the Swiss airport.
The company’s new private hangar facility is twice the size of its existing space at 5,000 metres squared, which is large enough to house multiple ultra-long range aircraft, including A330s and BBJs. Also included in the expansion is 10,000m2 of apron space, to complement ExecuJet’s 4,000m2 of private ramp parking.
Niclas von Planta, Vice President Europe, ExecuJet says: “Hangar space is in very high demand at Zurich Airport, due to our cold, snowy winters. As well as being Switzerland’s largest international airport, Zurich is also the sixth-busiest airport in Europe for business aviation. Now, we should be able to host almost all traffic in one of our two facilities, even at peak times such as the annual World Economic Forum in January.
“We are delighted to introduce the use of this additional space to our customers, particularly given its rich and storied history. The hangar, first constructed in 1948, is named ‘Bogenhanger’ – ‘bow’ hangar – after its arched roof, now a protected aspect of the building. It was used from 1949 by Swissair, and we have some fantastic photos of jets through the ages housed there.”
The four aircraft to join the Luxaviation fleet in Europe so far this year are a Gulfstream V, G650, Bombardier Challenger 650 and Embraer Phenom 300, with the latter two available for charter.
Luxaviation said they expect the Phenom 300 to be extremely popular amongst customers, due to its suitable capabilities for a central European base location such as Zurich.
Patrick Hansen, CEO, Luxaviation Group said: “Europe is a major market for us, and one that is still healthy, despite recent economic and political uncertainties – today, we are celebrating that fact, as well as this significant step forward for Luxaviation in the region.”