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Ambassador Leslie 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.

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.

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