Al Jaber Orders $1.2B Worth of Embraer, Airbus Bizjets
Al Jaber Aviation, a subsidiary of the Al Jaber Group in Abu Dhabi, today at the Middle East Business Aviation convention in Dubai unveiled details of its entry into the VIP and corporate aviation market by announcing a $1.2 billion investment for the acquisition of 21 corporate jets and bizliners. The first of its mixed fleet of large-cabin aircraft is to enter service in February 2009 based at City Airport Abu Dhabi, the former Al Bateen military air base. An Embraer Legacy 600 will be the first aircraft to join the AJA fleet, to be followed by a second, five 19-seat Embraer Lineage 1000s and eight midsize Legacy 450/500s. Heading the fleet will be four Airbus A318 Elite aircraft with 19 seats, plenty of cabin space and the nonstop range from the Middle East to all of Europe, Africa and Asia. Finally, two Airbus Corporate Jetliners with seating for up to 32 passengers will complete the massive AJA buy. Offering services from Dubai International Airport as well as City Airport Abu Dhabi, AJA also has plans to offer professional aircraft management services to private owners and will introduce a technical consultancy together with a range of training services to other aircraft operators.