The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show made a strong debut in its new home at the Dubai World Central site, with organizers reporting attendance 20 percent up on the 2010 event at 7,549 trade visitors from 84 countries. The 2012 show drew 385 exhibitors from 45 countries, a 14-percent boost on the previous event.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) has named co-president Neil Book as president and CEO. He suceeds Louis Seno, who will serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to the board of directors.
Samuel Hill, previously president of Embraer Aircraft in Fort Lauderdale and most recently retired from his position of senior v-p of sales and marketing at Honda Aircraft, has been appointed CEO of Quest Aircraft.
VistaJet is set to embark on a 17-city tour of Africa this month as part of the operator’s “Think Global” sales campaign to expand its block charter offerings to emerging markets. Last month, the Switzerland-based company took one of its Bombardier Global 6000s on a 12-city tour of Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Middle East, just days after announcing a contract with the Canadian airframer for 56 new Globals and options on 86 more.
Eight European operators have combined to form a new charter alliance called AirClub. The partnership, announced on December 12, brings together ACM Air Charter, Air Alsie, Air Hamburg, Corporatejets, Flyinggroup, GlobeAir, Masterjet and PrivatAir. Among them they operate 106 aircraft, covering a wide spectrum of range and payload capabilities, from the Beechcraft King Air to a Boeing 757.
Cessna Aircraft has acquired Jet Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, and Düsseldorf, Germany. The OEM had recently renewed their designations as authorized service facilities. Both facilities went into operation as Cessna Citation Service Centers on January 1. Under the terms of the agreement, Jet Aviation will continue operating the FBO facilities at both locations.
A 22,000-sq-ft facility has been added to Legacy Aviation Services’ C.E. Page Airport complex outside Oklahoma City. It almost doubles the MRO’s maintenance and modification shop space. According to the company, the decision to add more service area comes as Legacy is responding to a growing customer base.
Embraer Executive Jets has launched the Embraer Executive Care (EEC) Engine Add-On option, which complements the EEC and the Eagle Service Plan (ESP) programs. The new EEC Engine Add-On option helps Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 operators to streamline and simplify invoice and payment processes, addressing what Embraer says is one of its customers’ main concerns.
GE announced it has agreed to purchase the aviation business of Avio, an Italy-based manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft, for $4.3 billion.GE will acquire Avio’s aviation business from Cinven, the European private equity firm that has owned Avio since 2006, and Finmeccanica, the Italian aerospace group. The acquisition of Avio’s aviation business, which provides components for GE Aviation and other engine companies, would further GE’s participation in jet propulsion.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) announced Neil Book has been named president and CEO, and Louis Seno will serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to the board of directors. Robert Book will act as chairman of the board and industry veteran Bryan Moss and Joe DaGrosa will both serve as vice chairmen of the board. Susan Marr continues as a member of the board, general counsel and chief administrative officer of JSSI, as well as chief executive officer of Aviation Insurance, an affiliate of JSSI.
The first airplane carrying revenue passengers from Dubai International Airport’s newly opened concourse in Terminal 3 took off Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. local time on its way to London Heathrow Airport. Emirates Airline Flight EK003 officially marked the opening of Concourse A–the world’s first dedicated to Airbus A380 operations.