RIZON JET - one of the Middle East's newest business aviation players - is preparing a soft opening in July of fixed-based operations at its Doha, Qatar headquarters and in the UK at London Biggin Hill, and is seeking to fill a host of positions.

The multi-million dollar facilities will provide a plethora of services including aircraft maintenance, handling, flight planning, finance, consulting, sales, charter and management, but Rizon says its immediate aim is to appoint well-qualified licensed engineers and technicians for its maintenance division - one of the first departments to be up and running. "The recruitment process for both facilities is in full swing," says Rizon Group chief executive Patrick Enz. "We have already signed up a number of people, but our initial focus is to fill key functions in the maintenance and continued airworthiness departments."

Enz stresses the need for strong candidates "with the right set of licences" to support its growing fleet of owned and managed business jets. The line-up includes two Bombardier Challenger 605s, one Global Express and two Hawker 900XPs in Doha. A Beechcraft Premier IA will be the first aircraft in the UK fleet when it is added this quarter.

The light business jet will be operated by Oryx Jet, in which Rizon holds a 40% stake. Rizon also has four Bombardier Learjet 85s on order with the first midsize aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2014.

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"Finding the right type of engineer with a broad specification of licences is hard to find. But as we are focusing on quality processes throughout the company to it is vital that we attract good people," says Enz.

Rizon was founded in 2006 as a Bahrain-based business aircraft charter company. Three years later the company moved to Qatar with the aim of becoming one of the leading business aviation services providers in the Gulf.

Rizon is also the first private jet company in the Middle East to expand its business activities into Europe, says Enz. The company employs around 60 people in each base and plans to boost that tally to 100 including an additional five pilots to accommodate its growing business jet fleet.

"We employ 15 pilots, but we will add to this number as we grow the fleet," says Enz. Rizon is focusing in the Middle East on midsize and large-cabin jets, but a wider range will be offered in Europe.

Enz is confident that a dynamic approach will help it to attract good quality personnel. "We are a new and ambitious company," he says. "There are opportunities for staff to work at our Doha and Biggin Hill bases as both operate along similar lines. This is something we will continue to encourage."

Source: Flight International