Etihad Airways will take delivery of its first 777-300ER on January 6, almost three months later than originally planned. The Abu Dhabi-based airline placed an order for five of the airplanes last December, at which time Boeing promised to deliver the first this past October, followed by two each in November and December.
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For an airport, an annual throughput of 25 million passengers is enough to win respect, especially when it is the result of well-above-average, double-digit growth each year. Yet, in thriving Dubai, it seems that today’s figures are only young green shoots from which tomorrow’s branches will grow.
Perhaps contrary to the impressions of outsiders, flying business aircraft into and within the Middle East is not difficult. At least that seems to be the consensus of those who arrange planning and handling for international flight operations in this part of the world.
Two nonbinding referendums on opposite coasts of the U.S. allowed voters to register their opinions about airport projects, and both referendums failed to win approval. In Jacksonville, Fla. voters were asked to support a plan to return Cecil Field to the U.S. Navy, which gave most of the airport to the city in 1999.
The FAA is extending through Oct. 31, 2008, a flight-reduction program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. Through several six-month extensions, the program has been in effect continuously since November 2004. The FAA said that the flight limits imposed since 2004 “have been effective” in easing congestion.
The proposed procedure for reimbursing FBOs, flight schools and other providers of general aviation ground-support services at five airports in the Washington, D.C. area for financial losses they incurred while the airports were closed after 9/11 is “a cumbersome government process” for small businesses and they will be “intimidated,” according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
New York City-based Arcadia Aviation announced plans late last month to create a $20 million, 200,000-sq-ft corporate hangar and office complex at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va. Groundbreaking for the first phase–a 20,000-sq-ft hangar with 3,600 sq ft of attached offices–is anticipated early next year. Future hangar expansion will be capable of storing BBJ, 757 and MD-80 size aircraft.
Swissport Executive Aviation plans to open a dedicated business aircraft handling operation at Zurich International Airport on January 1. Passengers will be
accommodated in Zurich’s general aviation center or a VIP lounge in the main terminal. Current handlers at Zurich are Jet Aviation, which operates from the GA center, and ExecuJet Aviation, which occupies the former Signature Flight Support terminal.
When thinking of the French business aviation scene, most people would probably immediately call to mind Paris Le Bourget. But France also boasts several other general aviation gateways that are enhancing business aviation facilities. Six of those airports are exhibiting together at EBACE for the second time under the banner “French Business Airports.”
This past year independent Italian business aviation service companies made inroads against government-backed airport handling providers that have long blocked competitors in the battle for market access.