In just two and a half years, Apple has sold more than 100 million iPad tablet computers. Airline and business jet pilots were early adopters of iPad technology, which offers powerful electronic flight bag (EFB) applications that help with preflight preparation, inflight navigation and display of charts and flight manuals.
Here at MEBA yesterday aircraft brokerage Boutsen Aviation (Stand 598) announced the sale of its 250th airplane, completed last week. “This is a big achievement for us,” said Thierry Boutsen, president of the Monaco-based sales firm and a former Formula 1 racecar driver, who founded the company in 1997 with his wife Daniela.
AirClub, the world’s first corporate jet charter alliance, was announced yesterday at MEBA 2012 in Dubai. The alliance brings together eight of Europe’s business jet charter operators: ACM Air Charter, Air Alsie, Air Hamburg, Corporatejets, Flyinggroup, GlobeAir, Masterjet and PrivatAir. Between them they operate 106 aircraft, covering a wide spectrum of range and payload capabilities, from the Beechcraft King Air to a VIP Boeing 757.
Gulfstream Aerospace has come to MEBA 2012 on the crest of a wave with deliveries of 104 “green” large-cabin jets forecast by the end of the year. The company has brought a G450 and G550 to the static display at MEBA this week, but was unable to fly a G650 or the new G280 to Dubai because it is focusing on delivering these new jets to customers.
One of VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 6000 business jets made a brief stop at the MEBA show in Dubai on Monday as part of a 12-city promotional tour. The itinerary began in London on December 2 and has included visits to Hong Kong; Beijing; Vladivostok, Russia; Ulan Bator, Mongolia; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Moscow; Kiev; Delhi; and Mumbai.
The aircraft flew to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia yesterday before the planned to return to London after a stop in Istanbul. The block charter operator is due to conduct a tour of 12 or more African cities in February.
The Middle East is continuing its trend in the growth of new aircraft deliveries, according to data released here at MEBA 2012 by Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC Chalet A12), which says it is picking up a good proportion of new orders for turboprops.
Bombardier of Canada arrived at MEBA on the crest of a wave, having just landed the biggest order for business aircraft in the company’s history.
Brazil’s Embraer Executive Jets, manufacturer of the Lineage and Legacy business jet families, has selected Indianapolis-based Comlux Aviation Services, a division of the Comlux Aviation Group, as the first independent Lineage 1000 Authorized Service Center (ASC) in North America. Embraer also bestowed ASC status for the Legacy 600/650 on the maintenance and refurbishment center.
Look out, independent charter operators! Hello, charter passengers! The launch of the world’s first corporate jet charter alliance was announced here at MEBA 2012 yesterday.
Boutsen Aviation is at the now-underway MEBA show in Dubai for the first time, promoting its new cabin interior department, which specializes in providing linen, crockery and other “loose equipment” for high-end business jets. The Monaco-based company is known for its core enterprise–business jet sales–and claims to have been involved in 247 transactions so far. The company launched its cabin interior department in 2011.