As a market with a distinct preference for larger VIP and business aircraft, the Middle East has long been considered good sales territory for Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJs). Recent experience proves this with four more operators in the region having committed to swelling the local fleet.
Jet Aviation has appointed Abdullah Al-Ghamdi as customer relations manager and sales representative for the company’s aircraft management and charter services in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Al-Ghamdi, who is based in Jeddah, has held various positions for Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia over the past 20 years, including public relations, sales and business development.
CitationAir founder, president and CEO Steven O’Neill has stepped down from his position but will remain with the company in an advisory capacity. He is succeeded by CitationAir executive v-p and COO Bill Schultz.
Jet Aviation Teterboro has opened a new avionics shop and received a limited instrument and limited radio rating from the FAA. The additional capabilities, shop space and staff allow the MRO to perform line maintenance, offer AOG support and provide inspections for avionics equipment. The authorizations apply to the operation’s foreign certificates as well.
Jet Aviation has opened a 1,240-sq-ft interior refurb and completions design studio at its St. Louis facility. “Designers Donna Cruthis and Maddie Pagano support projects on in-service aircraft; Jamie Anzalone supports our green completions efforts,” Joan Pompa, senior manager of modifications sales, told AIN. The design studio contains fabric swatches and carpet samples in multiple colors, textures and patterns.
Exhibiting for the first time at an NBAA show this year, Amsterdam Software (Booth No. C10847) will demonstrate its FBO One system to American audiences. The Web-based FBO One software–tested at facilities outside the U.S. for the past four years–organizes almost every element of FBO operations, from tracking fuel sales and inventory control, to aircraft parking needs, catering requests and a variety of crew demands.
Amid the recent announcements of major fuel companies withdrawing from the general-aviation arena, independent fuel provider Avfuel continues to see growth and opportunity in the market. Over the past year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company has added 57 new FBOs to its network, bringing its total to well over 600 locations nationwide.
While most FBO chains go to great lengths to emphasize their branding and the extent of their network, one marches to the beat of its own drum. Denver-based Ross Aviation has quietly assembled a portfolio of 14 locations, but not a single one has the name Ross in its title.
Business aviation will once again have a strong presence in Dubai this year. This is despite the fact that Dubai also has its own biennial bizav event, the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show to be staged by Fairs & Exhibitions next year (from December 11 to 13).
Independent fuel supplier Avfuel has added the first branded dealer outside North America to its network. The Michigan-based company has partnered with George Best Belfast City Airport and its Eurojet Aviation FBO to provide additional fuel and purchasing options at the airport. Traditionally European airports typically have only one fuel supplier, but the management at Belfast City believes the introduction of Avfuel could have benefits.