Abu Dhabi Systems Integration, the United Arab Emirates joint venture of Selex Systemi Integrati (a Finmeccanica company), and Abu Dhabi Ship Building have signed a three-year contract worth more than $6.75 million with the UAE air force and air defense (UAE AFAD) to implement the Capability Maturity Model for Integration (CMMI). This requires the use of the CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement developed by the Software Engineering
Newly formed Gulf charter company Prestige Jet has been set up by principals previously involved in Dubai-based charter company Gulf Jet. Abu Dhabi-based Prestige Jet–not to be confused with New Jersey-based Prestige Jet Charter–is owned by Al-Ghaith Holdings, the aviation arm of the Al-Yasi group, which previously had a financial partnership with Gulf Jet.
An order for two Grob SPn jets to newly formed Abu Dhabi-based operator Prestige Jet, announced here yesterday, marks a breakthrough into the growing Middle East market by the Zurich-based manufacturer.
The first Middle East Business Aviation Conference is to be held in Dubai on November 19, on the eve of the Dubai airshow (November 20 to 24). The event is being run by Dubai show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions, hosted by Abu Dhabi-based charter operator Royal Jet and will have as its conference chairman Jack Olcott, president of General Aero and former president of NBAA.
Zodiac customer support specialist IN-Services & Al Rumaithy is about to move. At Abu Dhabi International Airport, the new facility will accommodate both the existing administration and technical support offices (currently in Abu Dhabi City) with the stores and add a repair shop. The company expects to start operations at its new site at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006.
Abu Dhabi will host the first-ever Arab Aviation Security Conference Feb. 6 to 9, 2006, and two months later, on April 3 to 6, Dubai will host the region’s largest aviation and maritime security event: the Airport, Port and Transport Security-Middle East (APTS-ME).
Air France Industries is setting up a component logistics center at Abu Dhabi Airport. An inventory valued at “more than $10 million” will be available in January 2006 for the region’s Boeing 777s and Airbus A330/A340s, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of the French airline announced here at the Dubai airshow yesterday.
The biennial IDEX International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi is ideally placed to attract the world’s defense contractors keen to market the latest military technology to the dynamic Middle Eastern and Asian defense markets.
Abu Dhabi-based business aircraft operator Royal Jet yesterday signed up as an operator for Bombardier’s Skyjet International fixed-rate charter service. Customers will have access to Royal Jet’s newly delivered Challenger 300 business jet and to the rest of its fleet if it is not available. In the future, any new a Bombardier business aircraft added to Royal Jet’s fleet will become part of Skyjet.
Emirates Airline and Lufthansa Technik subsidiary Hawker Pacific signed a contract here yesterday covering exchange, overhaul and support of the landing gear on the carrier’s 21 Boeing 777-200, -200ER and -300 aircraft. The three models have respective maximum takeoff weights of 545,000, 632,000 and 660,000 pounds.