Manufacturers and analysts agree that recent years have seen a vigorous increase in business aircraft operations in the Middle East and that the region is generating strong demand, even with other parts of the global economy stalled. However, detailed projections of this growth and the size of the current and predicted future fleets vary.
MEBA Convention News » December 7, 2010
Amman-based One & Done Aviation has established what it claims to be the first air charter brokerage in Jordan. The company provides access to a variety of aircraft, including corporate airliners, business jets and turboprops, along with a special emphasis on helicopter charters.
A Paris court ruled yesterday that Continental Airlines was "criminally responsible" for the crash of the Air France Concorde in July 2000, which killed 113. The court fined the airline EU200,000 ($268,000) and ordered that it pay Air France EU1 million ($1.34 million). A Continental mechanic was given a 15-month suspended sentence, while another mechanic and three French officials were cleared.
A growing number of business aircraft transactions has prompted London-based aviation law firm Gates & Partner to consider opening an office in the Middle East. Partner Aoife O'Sullivan is here at the MEBA show this week partly to engage with prospective clients, but also to consider options for establishing a permanent presence with a local attorney.
This is my first trip to Dubai, so a blog post from me on the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show is appropriate. Because I’ve attended many NBAA shows, people from AIN who’ve been to Dubai before have been preparing me for MEBA, with a note that this is no more than a mini-NBAA.
The Middle East's business aircraft fleet is getting back into growth mode. As the 2010 MEBA show prepared to open, local management companies are expecting to bring new aircraft into service and there is strong possibility of further orders being announced in Dubai this week.
The fourth Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show is off to a strong start, with exhibitor numbers climbing more than 40 percent from 2008 and registered visitors topping the 7,000 mark, up from 5,500. But this could be the show's last staging here in Dubai for the time being, with plans being made to relocate the event to another prime location in the Arabian Gulf.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced the opening of a new regional support office (RSO) in Dubai for its Global, Challenger and Learjet families of business jets. The sixth Bombardier RSO to open outside North America in the last three years, the new office is part of the company's drive to bring aircraft technical expertise, flight operations support and customer account management functions to Bombardier customers in the Middle East.
Toulouse France-based Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) is about to deliver the first A320 Prestige equipped with the company's new GSM onboard system allowing passengers to use their mobile phones in flight. The aircraft is headed to an undisclosed customer in the Middle East.
This AIN editor had an opportunity to tour Emirates/CAE Flight Training Center in Dubai. I was quickly impressed not simply with the size of the center, but also the pristine nature of the entire facility, a location that appears to have thought of almost every possible customer comfort, from snacks and drinks for crewmembers, no matter when their classes might operate, to limousine services to carry customers to and from their hotels.
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