While business aviation traffic in Brazil continues to grow, the infrastructure needed to serve that traffic is slowly evolving as well, in advance of the country’s hosting two of the world’s top sporting events: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. But for those used to the North American model of an FBO, there are still some differences at many of Brazil’s airports.
Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport
Beirut’s main FBO, Cedar Jet Center, is promoting its full-service offering at Lebanon’s main gateway, Rafic Hariri International Airport, this week at MEBA. CJC was established in 2005 by Middle East Airlines (MEA) Group to coincide with the opening of the airport’s general aviation terminal. In 2008, the company joined forces with group affiliate Masco to offer line maintenance services for a range of business aircraft. The partnership now offers aircraft hangarage and full maintenance services for the Airbus ACJ319, Boeing BBJ, Cessna Mustang and Hawker 800/850/900XP.
Beirut’s main FBO, Cedar Jet Center (CJC, Stand 214) has a full-service offering at Lebanon’s main gateway, Rafic Hariri International Airport, and is at MEBA to promote this business-aviation friendly destination and its ever-broadening range of services.
The president of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said in a recent letter to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) that the loss of his airline’s Flight 409 on January 25, 2010, shortly after takeoff from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (OLBA), was not due to pilot error, but to a surface-to-air missile, a lightning strike or some form of sabotage.
Following yesterday’s reopening of Bangkok Don Mueang Airport, which has been closed since late October due to flooding, private jet operator MJets announced that its home base at the airport is once again fully operational.
This year's MEBA show hasn't even closed yet, but already the organizers, F&E Aerospace (Stand E313), has signed up the first exhibitor for the next event, to be held December 11 to 13, 2012. First to take up the opportunity is Executive Aircraft Services from Lebanon (Stand C510), which runs an FBO at Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport, as well as managing a seven-aircraft fleet.
Cedar Jet Center on Beirut’s Hariri International Airport has begun offering aircraft maintenance in a newly dedicated hangar in partnership with Masco, one
of two authorized service providers in Lebanon.
The EASA-approved facility has already completed Airbus Corporate Jetliner major overhaul checks. The company also offers line maintenance for aircraft all the way down to the Eclipse 500 very light jet.
Cessna has delivered the first of two Citation Mustangs to Lebanese charter company Open Sky Aviation. Open Sky Aviation will operate from Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport and will serve destinations including Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Beirut FBO Cedar Jet Center has started offering aircraft maintenance services in partnership with its MEA group sister company MASCO. Next month, the joint venture will open a new hangar dedicated to maintenance operations.
Beirut FBO Cedar Jet Center (Stand No. 631) has started offering aircraft maintenance services in partnership with its MEA group sister company MASCO. Next month, the joint venture will open a new hangar dedicated to maintenance operations.
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