Business

December 10, 2012 - 9:30am

Vision Systems (Stand 200) is here at MEBA with two new cabin products: a tablet support arm called Smart Up, and VisiConnect, a system providing in-flight Internet connectivity. Both are available for all types of business jets.

Smart Up is a motorized-deployment arm that is integrated in the passenger’s armrest. The 3.3-pound device can accommodate any type of tablet in portrait or landscape position, and its orientation can be changed easily. Lyon, France-based Vision Systems said Embraer has already adopted it for its Phenom 300 light business jet.

December 10, 2012 - 9:30am
The Rizon Jet FBO - complete with a reflecting pool and waterfall - has been an oasis for its clients since opening in March of this year.

Qatar’s Rizon Jet (Stand 340) is eyeing business from all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, expanding its aircraft maintenance services and building up its aircraft trading and management offering, while preparing the ground for a move to the new Doha Airport and the establishment of an FBO at Paris Le Bourget airport.

December 10, 2012 - 9:15am
Celebrating a deal here at MEBA yesterday to establish an FBO at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh are NasJet/ExecuJet’s Gary Forster, FBO manager–Riyadh (left), and NasJet director Hardy Sohanpal.

Saudi Arabia’s NasJet claims it is poised to grow revenues by 20 percent next year, after a healthy 6 percent gain during 2012. The increase, according to CEO Ghassan Hamdan, is due to growing aircraft management and operations support and more local charter agreements and charter business. In the first quarter of 2013, NasJet will open a new FBO at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh in conjunction with Switzerland’s ExecuJet.

December 10, 2012 - 8:30am
Royal Jet

Royal Jet, the commercial private jet concern owned by the UAE’s Presidential Flight Authority and Abu Dhabi Aviation, is planning a major fleet expansion in 2013, the year of its 10th anniversary. A defection by the nine-jet company away from Boeing, given that Royal Jet owns the world’s largest Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) fleet–six aircraft–would be a major blow for the U.S. manufacturer.

December 10, 2012 - 8:00am
Embraer Lineage 1000

The Middle East remains the sales sweet-spot when it comes to regions that business jet manufacturers look to for customers despite its relatively small size and the rapid emergence of China, Brazil and other countries where momentum is building. This is true in particular of large cabin jets and corporate versions of airliners.

December 10, 2012 - 7:30am
Legacy 650

As the business aircraft market continues to recover from the industry downturn, AIN took a look at recent forecasts from manufacturers as to where growth may be heading and the factors that are likely to affect it most.

December 10, 2012 - 6:00am
In October, Amac Aerospace delivered the first BBJ 777-200LR–completed for a private customer in the Middle East–to Jeddah-based Aviation Link.

The significant investments in expanding the aircraft completions and maintenance capabilities of Amac Aerospace have surely been made with the Middle East very much in mind.

December 10, 2012 - 4:15am
Developing oil and tourism industries in Fujairah are creating opportunities for the emirate to establish business aviation at its international airport.

Fujairah’s business has traditionally been in cement and mining, but ship bunkering has developed into a major industry, general shipping is thriving at Fujairah and Khorfakkan ports, and plans are in full swing to build an oil refinery, increase tank-farm storage facilities and develop tourism and real estate.

December 10, 2012 - 4:00am

The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), an arm of ADAC created in 2009, and Dubai-based Avtech Middle East, a subsidiary of Avtech Sweden, have partnered to offer training in areas such as performance-based operations, collaborative decision making, airborne CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation and Surveillance for Air Traffic Management), auditing and human factors. The organizations said in a joint press release, “These course stand out as they are linked to real-life operational requirements and best practice and are delivered by highly experienced subject matter experts.”

December 10, 2012 - 3:30am
Global 5000

UAE-based Gulf Wings, sister company of Jordan’s Arab Wings (Stand 627), plans to add two aircraft to its fleet by early 2013 and to move its offices to Dubai World Central (DWC) before the end of next year.

 
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