Dubai-based XJet has completed the first phase of the renovation of its London, UK, facility at Stansted Airport and has contracted construction management firm Faithful+Gould to oversee its global expansion in Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Dubai, UAE; and Denver, Colorado, USA. XJet has retained award-winning interior designer Katharine Pooley as the firm’s global interior designer.
“Over the past year we have established footholds in the world’s most sought-after markets,” said XJet CEO and founder Josh Stewart. “Our London hub has now been operational for 12 months offering clients first-class amenities and services that were previously unavailable in the world of private aviation.”
XJet London includes more than 90,000ft² of dedicated hangar space that can accommodate two 747 aircraft simultaneously, as well as a 17,000ft² Club House featuring a newly designed reception area, bar and private lounge.
The London facility is now undergoing its next phase of renovations by adding VIP ‘Majlis’ lounges and dedicated conference facilities that will cater to Heads of State and VVIPs traveling from the Middle East and around the globe.
“It has been my great pleasure to not only create elegant and timeless spaces to be enjoyed by XJet’s clientele worldwide, but to help the company establish a high-standard of style and comfort that will greet guests whether they travel to Colorado or Dubai,” said Pooley.
Renovation efforts are now also underway for XJet’s executive terminal, private clubhouse and hangarage at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, which will be the first regional location to house private aircraft.
“Dammam offers huge potential for XJet as this market is currently under-served, and we are excited about bringing our award winning Seven Star Service to the kingdom,” noted Stewart. “This is a key strategic location that will link and drive our global network.”
The company has also raised its profile in the Middle East with the recent relocation of its global headquarters to Dubai, where it has signed a 10-year lease at Dubai World Central.
Construction of an 8,600ft² executive terminal is nearing completion and XJet expects to be fully operational by Q2 2016.
Plans are underway for a significant expansion at the company’s Denver location, along with a complete redesign of the lobby and terminal featuring Katharine Pooley’s exclusive designs.
“This first stage of expansion is only the beginning for XJet,” said Stewart, “but is a key milestone in the progression of delivering our XJet 2020 Vision – to be the world’s most exclusive private jet club with a true global network.”
In addition to its expansion plans, XJet has also announced it has received IS-BAH certification for its Denver facility. The company is one of less than a dozen operators to earn the certification, launched in May last year.
“This certification demonstrates our commitment to safety and our desire to distinguish ourselves and integrate our Seven Star Service into all aspects of our operation,” said Stewart. “We are always striving to meet the industry’s best practices.”