J. Baja (3rd from right) with Jet Aviation Senior Vice President
Christof Spaeth (2nd from right) with Consul Lillibeth Pono, and Jet
Aviation official and Filipino engineers
Ambassador Baja and Consul Pono with Jet Aviation Filipino employees.
Employment Possibility at
Swiss aviation company pursued
1 March 2012-
Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland Leslie J. Baja met with Jet
Aviation Senior Vice President Christof Spaeth in the company’s offices
in Basel, Switzerland to discuss possible expansion of the company’s
operations in Asia and the hiring of additional Filipino employees in
Jet Aviation provides a wide range of services from engineering design
and maintenance of executive aircraft and is the biggest company in the
world in this niche sector. The company has over 5,000 employees
in its facilities in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the US. In
Basel, which is Jet Aviation’s biggest operation, there are 28 Filipino
executives and employees comprising the biggest group from Asia.
Most of the Filipinos are metal sheet workers while others are planning
engineers and quality control inspectors.
Mr. Spaeth mentioned to Ambassador Baja that Jet Aviation will start
hiring this year a wide range of employees including pilots, flight
attendants, mechanics, avionics experts to beef up its capacity to
expand. He also said that he has taken a look before at Clark Air
Base before and is keeping all options open depending on the market
situation. Ambassador Baja offered the Embassy’s services in
helping Jet Aviation avail of quality manpower in the Philippines and
in meeting relevant Philippine officials.
Ambassador Baja, who was accompanied in the visit by Consul Lilibeth
Pono, also took the opportunity to meet with the Filipino employees who
expressed appreciation for the Embassy’s concern for their welfare.