MEBA 2012 closed today at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport with a record number of show attendees–more than 7,000, according to show host Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA). There were 34 aircraft on the static display, conveniently located on the ramp just outside doors at the end of the exhibit hall and flanked by major companies’ chalets.
AINalerts » December 13, 2012
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) has released a report outlining the effects sequestration will have on the aviation industry, as well as the U.S. economy, if Congress does not act to avert the across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect January 1.
The Middle East is continuing its trend in the growth of new aircraft deliveries, according to data released this week at MEBA 2012 by Hawker Beechcraft, which says it is picking up a good proportion of new orders for turboprops.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) general assembly elected two new board members yesterday and held a workshop for its MEBAA aviation insurance scheme (MAIS). Saudia Private Aviation managing director Wajdi Al Idrissi and Comlux president and CEO Richard Gaona were elected to the association’s board, where they join other industry leaders to promote business aviation in the Middle East.
Charter booking portal Stratajet is signing up an initial group of aircraft operators for system tests that it hopes will lead to a full launch in the second quarter of next year. The company has dropped earlier plans to charge operators to list aircraft in its Stratafleet database and is guaranteeing fixed, all-inclusive charter rates to passengers.
Under the codename X6, Eurocopter is reported to be about to launch a new helicopter line that will supersede the AS332/EC225 Super Puma medium-twin series, according to French financial publication Sud Infos. The Marignane, France-based manufacturer reportedly aims to have the new helicopter in service by 2020. The first AS332 Super Puma was delivered in 1981.
Brabus Private Aviation, which was revealed at EBACE in May as a new luxury design, completion and management venture, was “launched” at MEBA 2012 yesterday, at 12:12 p.m. local time on 12/12/12. The new venture brings together four respected names from the automotive and aviation worlds: Brabus, PrivatAir, Ruag Aviation and Happy Design Studio. Brabus has 35 years’ experience in the luxury outfitting and customization of automobiles, particularly those of Mercedes-Benz.
ExecuJet and Rolls-Royce signed an engine service agreement today that authorizes the ExecuJet Service Center in Dubai to perform engine line maintenance, removals and installations on Rolls-Royce BR710 and AE3007A engines. The BR710 powers the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000, while the AE3007A powers the Embraer Legacy 600 and 650.
World Fuel Services announced yesterday at MEBA 2012 that Business Aviation Centre Cologne at Germany’s Cologne/Bonn Airport joined its Air Elite Network. Air Elite comprises FBOs that are part of the World Fuel Services global network. While retaining their individual ownership, these FBOs agree to a uniform set of quality standards for service, amenities, facilities, fuel and products.
Qatar Airways’ private jet division, Qatar Executive, received EASA approval to provide maintenance and repair services for Bombardier Challenger 604/605s and Globals. With this certification, Qatar Executive can offer scheduled maintenance, repair and warranty services for European-registered Challengers and Globals at its Doha hub. The new EASA Part 145 certification complements the existing approval from Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority and underpins Qatar Executive’s status as a Bombardier-authorized service facility.