Although charter providers form an important part of the Middle East aviation market they have faced tough times in recent years, unlike the region’s royal flights. “Royalty always had money and always will have money,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis for Teal Group, of Fairfax, Virginia. “The entrepreneur class that was growing has obviously been hit by the downturn, though,” he added.
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Dubai-based aircraft sales and aircraft management specialist and operator of the region’s largest fleet of business jets,Empire Aviation Group, which has been a subsidiary of Air Works India Engineering since 2012, is looking to expand support to the booming Southeast Asia market. A strategic tie-up is to be announced in the first quarter of 2014, Paras Dhamecha, executive director at Empire Aviation, told AIN.
With construction already under way on the new Aerovale aeronautical community in Caçapava, about 65 miles northeast of São Paulo, Brazil, CEO Rogério Penido made a visit to Miami in September for a series of meetings with local business aviation executives and aircraft owners in an effort to attract support and investors in the project.
Not long ago it was a real struggle for charter operators to get slots into Japan’s Narita International Airport and every other Japanese airport for that matter. Thankfully, for charter operators around the world, Japan has adopted a much friendlier approach to business aircraft operations.
The Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and Japanese Business Aviation Association (JBAA) announced on October 21 that the county is implementing new charter operations regulations based on FAA Part 135 standards.
Malaysia’s SkyPark Subang aviation hub will be expanded at a cost of almost $67 million with the aim of attracting more FBOs and maintenance, repair and overhaul companies. The bulk of the redevelopment budget (around $48 million) will go toward building a new terminal at the site of Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport’s mothballed Terminal 2, which will be demolished.
Jets appointed Adam West to sales and commercial manager for its Bournemouth and London Biggin Hill facilities. In his new role he will be responsible for MRO sales and all aspects of Jets’ commercial operations, including building strong relationships with customers and developing future growth strategies. He will report directly to Alan Barnes, the MRO’s managing director.
The Bahamas government has instituted new private aviation tariffs consisting of a $50 per landing and departure fee for private aircraft and $75 per landing and departure fee for commercial operators. The landing charges are also imposed for technical fuel stops. The new fees took effect last week. In addition the passenger departure tax was recently raised to $25 per person, including children older than 6.
AAR has signed a letter of intent outlining a tentative two-phase project to establish a technical maintenance center in Ulyanovsk, Russia. The project, as initially defined, includes an aircraft parts distribution and logistics center, scheduled to open in the middle of next year, followed by a commercial aircraft maintenance facility, scheduled to open in 2015. “Our long-term growth strategy continues to address what is clearly a global opportunity for value-added aviation services,” said David Storch, chairman and CEO.
Jets, the MRO owned by the 328 Group, promoted Edward Benyon to sales and commercial manager for its Bournemouth and new London Biggin Hill facilities. He will lead a team of four responsible for building strong relationships with customers and developing future growth strategies and sales opportunities. He will report directly to managing director Alan Barnes, who recently joined Jets from Inflite at London Stansted.
Peachtree City, Ga.-based Gardner Aviation Services has changed its name to Precision Aviation Services. “This name change is the last in a series of name changes to our existing operating companies to identify and align each business as a member of the Precision Aviation Group [PAG],” said David Mast, PAG president and CEO.
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