Airbus Corporate Jets is exhibiting at MEBA 2012 (Chalet A9) having sold more than 170 aircraft since it was set up in the 1990s. Sixty of them have been in the wide-body category, mostly serving with government and VVIP operators.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) named Neil Book as its new president andCEO on December 6, succeeding Louis Seno, who will serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to the board of directors. Book has served on the company’s board for the past three years and earlier this year joinedJSSI as co-president, where he has led the sales, marketing and technical servicesteams.
At MEBA 2012 (Stand 588), OnAir announced that it has selected PATS Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del., as an OnAir completion center. PATS specializes in Boeing BBJ completions and auxiliary fuel tank installations and is installing Mobile OnAir in a 737-900ER BBJ. “We are seeing a high demand from VIP jet operators for in-flight connectivity,” said John Eichten, PATS senior vice president of sales and marketing. “PATS prides itself on finding innovative and industry-leading ways to satisfy our customers’ requirements, and our partnership with OnAir is a good example of that.”
ABS Jets of the Czech Republic has traveled to MEBA 2012 to highlight the company’s launch of services in the Gulf region. With bases in Prague and Bratislava, ABS Jets (Stand 386) is offering operation control center services and other services to Gulf-based operators.
Arinc Direct has brought a range of its products to the MEBA show, underlining its position as a leading flight services solutions provider for business aviation. The company (here at Stand 387) is showcasing its Connect Communication System, a new development that provides three-in-one capability in a single portable device.
Business for general aviation providers in India is generally slow as the economy shows signs of slackening, yet 60-year-old Mumbai-based Air Works Engineering is looking at innovative ways to expand its business in India and abroad.
Sabena Technics (Stand 619) is promoting its capabilities in VIP aircraft completion and refurbishment, as company officials see the Middle East as a fertile region for its business. The company, whose parent TAT Group is based in Tours, France, also is engaged in aircraft leasing and real estate businesses. It plans to open a showroom in Bordeaux, France, where customers can plan their interiors.
Today at MEBA 2012 in Dubai, the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) and U.S.-based General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced a joint initiative to further promote and develop business aviation in the Middle East and North Africa region. The objective of the joint effort is to change the regulatory environment by encouraging civil authorities in the region to adopt a “best practices” set of common principles, which the two organizations will soon develop.
After posting a gain in October, business aircraft flying hit a patch of turbulence last month, falling 2.3 percent year-over-year, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. These results were partially weighed downed by the temporary shutdown of Avantair’s flight operations from late October to mid-November, Argus noted.
Piper Aircraft and the state of Florida reached an agreement yesterday to amend a 2008 contract to retain the company’s operations in Florida and increase investment in aircraft manufacturing facilities. Since Piper is staying in Florida and has exceeded its research and development investment obligations under the previous agreement, Florida will permit Piper to retain half of approximately $6.6 million in economic development incentives already awarded to the company.