Zodiac customer support specialist IN-Services & Al Rumaithy is about to move. At Abu Dhabi International Airport, the new facility will accommodate both the existing administration and technical support offices (currently in Abu Dhabi City) with the stores and add a repair shop. The company expects to start operations at its new site at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006.
Dubai Air Show » November 20, 2005
Abu Dhabi will host the first-ever Arab Aviation Security Conference Feb. 6 to 9, 2006, and two months later, on April 3 to 6, Dubai will host the region’s largest aviation and maritime security event: the Airport, Port and Transport Security-Middle East (APTS-ME).
Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson is touting the UAE as one of the world’s first space tourism centers when his Virgin Galactic venture begins suborbital flights at the end of the decade.
Riyadh-based Alsalam Aircraft Co. is emerging as a key player in efforts to upgrade Saudi Arabia’s fleet of 84 Panavia Tornado interdiction strike aircraft.
“The future of our nation depends on airpower. It is essential to our national security,” said Maj. Gen. Khalid Bin Abdullah Mubarak Al Bu-Ainain, commander of the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defense (AFAD), at the Defense News Middle East Air Chiefs Conference here in Dubai yesterday. “We are driving toward a netcentric future with a desire for effects-based warfare. We want to produce only the effects that are intended.”
For many, the story of Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein is not a happy one. So it is perhaps surprising that there is a daily operation on the ground and in the air which sees life in the strife-torn country in a very different light.
During the MEBA conference, new figures emerged on the region’s business aviation fleet and growth potential. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based operator National Air Services says there are some 350 private aircraft flying throughout the Middle East, although statistics generally reckon around 250 locally registered aircraft.
The Middle East region is waking up to business aircraft financing, it emerged at the inaugural Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference here at the Dubai airshow on Saturday. As recently as five years ago, it was difficult to find funds to buy business jets, but it is now much easier to convince a bank, a local charter operator said. In addition, so-called Sukuk Islamic bonds may soon become available to aircraft customers.
A high-performance but economical business aircraft designed in the UK will be manufactured soon in the United Arab Emirates after an agreement between the Gulf Aircraft Partnership and the Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co. (Gamco) is finalized.
Dubai International Airport now has not one but two purpose-built support facilities for business aviation, both located in the duty free zone on the other side of the runway from the airshow. The new Jet Aviation FBO has been operational since May, and will be formally opened at a ceremony here this evening. The new Bombardier/ExecuJet Aviation facility was inaugurated yesterday and began operations just this month.