* Announces new sales director and new field service representative
* Opens service facility to support growing business jet fleet
* Bombardier Skyjet International operation continues to grow
Bombardier today announced its third significant addition to its Middle East business jet operation in the past nine months, with the appointments of a new sales director and a new field service representative.
These announcements coincide with the official inauguration this week of a modern service facility at Dubai International Airport, and the launch of Bombardier Skyjet International's Middle East operation, headquartered in Dubai, in February - becoming the first transportation service to offer a global block-hours travel programme in the region.
"As the only business jet manufacturer offering service and maintenance support and operating a global charter services programme with Skyjet International, Bombardier continues to pioneer corporate aviation across the Gulf Region," said Bob Horner, vice-president, sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa. "These ongoing investments reflect our firm commitment to supporting our growing Middle East customer base with a world-class sales and service experience."
Khader Mattar joins Bombardier Business Aircraft as director of sales for Bombardier Global, Challenger and Learjet aircraft in the region. A native of Jordan, he has held previous aviation posts with ExecuJet Aviation Group and General Electric and is a qualified aeronautical and electrical engineer who holds a Master of Science degree in Marketing Management.
Hans Apfel joins the customer support team as a fulltime field service representative (FSR). A long time Bombardier employee, Hans will support the growing Bombardier fleet in the region and will be based at the Bombardier-ExecuJet service center. He becomes Bombardier's second full time FSR in the Middle East, joining Stuart Smith who is based in Doha.
The ExecuJet-Bombardier service center provides comprehensive support and maintenance for Bombardier's entire family of business jet aircraft. The facility features two maintenance bays capable of accommodating two Global Express ultra-long range business jets and two Challenger widebody aircraft at the same time. It also houses a spare parts depot.
Skyjet International is the first global charter services programme capable of providing travelers with unrestricted and fixed-price access to more than 900 business jets worldwide.
Featuring the world's largest fleet of Bombardier aircraft - including the Bombardier Learjet 31A, 40, 45/45XR and 60 business jets; the Bombardier Challenger 300, 601-3R, 604 and 850 aircraft; and the Bombardier Global Express business jet- it offers access to more than 5,500 airports worldwide. Skyjet International is the only service of its kind to be developed by a business aircraft manufacturer.
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