Vision Systems, which is exhibiting at the MEBA show for the first time (Booth No. C714), is displaying its newest offerings in sun protection and in-flight entertainment systems. These include dimmable cabin windows and an all-in-one multimedia electronic unit.
MEBA Convention News » December 8, 2010
Some of the world's top pilots are going to battle it out at next year's Al Ain Aerobatic Show (February 2-5, 2011). The Desert Challenge, officially sanctioned by the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI), will be the centerpiece for a show that is expected to attract 130,000 people.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is slashing prices for landing and parking fees at Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen Executive Airport, effective immediately. Al Bateen is the region's only airport dedicated to business aviation and it is close to the city center of Abu Dhabi.
TAG Aviation is in the final stages of receiving an air operator's certificate from the Kingdom of Bahrain and expects the AOC to be issued by the end of this month.
The delayed arrival of business aviation at Dubai's new Al Maktoum International Airport got a kick start here on the opening day of the MEBA show yesterday. Airport developer Dubai World Center (DWC) and the Al Futtaim Services Company (AFSC) signed agreement to establish general aviation services at the ambitious new hub.
Beirut-based Ibex Air Charter is making its public debut at MEBA with a plan to introduce a new fare model to the Middle East charter market.
"I want to start charging on a one-way system, which makes [charter] very feasible and economical," said Munzer Awaida, Ibex Air Charter's consultant for business development. "So now is the opportunity for me to put something in front of the aviation market."
Jetalliance East has launched charter operations in Russia and the CIS. Jetalliance East (exhibiting here at the static display) is a joint venture between Aeroflot Russian Airlines and Jetalliance Holding of Austria. The two companies formed the joint venture in July and applied for a Russian air operator's certificate (AOC) under which to fly two new Cessna Citations-a CJ3 and a Sovereign-on Russia and CIS charter flights.
Embraer announced yesterday at MEBA the appointment of the ExecuJet Aviation Group as an authorized service center for the Legacy 600 and 650 aircraft. Scheduled and unscheduled maintenance will be undertaken at ExecuJet's Dubai base, which has also recently joined a new global service network for Hawker Beechcraft. The facility is already a long-established service center for Bombardier.
When the Russian tourists who were attacked by sharks in Egypt last week needed emergency medical aid, Cairo-based charter operator Smart Aviation came to the rescue with air ambulance-configured Citation Sovereigns.
"We took the people from Sharm el-Sheikh to Cairo, and we're going to be taking them back to Moscow," said Tarek Fouad, Smart's manager, commercial and sales, at the company's stand here at MEBA (Stand C100).
Satcoms specialist Thrane & Thrane (Stand C428) is presenting its Aviator wireless handset for the first time at MEBA. The stylish handset works in conjunction with the company's Aviator SwiftBroadband system, allowing anyone onboard to make and receive in-flight calls, whether they are the pilots contacting ground control or passengers making personal and business calls.
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