New Zealand’s power solutions provider Cavotec MSL sponsored the A380 Touchdown conference held here in Dubai on November 9 and 10. The conference addressed the technical and business “issues” that airports due to host the Airbus A380 might face. The aircraft entered scheduled commercial service with Singapore Airlines in late October and should join local carrier Emirates in about a year’s time.
Dubai International Airport
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise CEO Bob Johnson kicked off what promises to be a hectic week for the show’s sponsor yesterday morning by inking a global cooperation MoU with his GE Aviation counterpart, Scott Donnelly. There was news, too, of a major investment program planned for India and a strategic agreement with Dubai Airports.
There is a bit of an ironic twist in the continuing fast-pace growth of business aviation in the Middle East. Many new users of business aircraft in this part of the world are part of the wave of economic diversification sweeping the Arabian Gulf states as they try to reduce their dependence on oil income in anticipation of the depletion of reserves.
With construction under way on the new Dubai World Central airport, the existing Dubai International Airport (DXB) is continuing to grow, as planned, to allow it to be capable of handling 68 million pasengers in 2010, although current projections foresee an actual throughput of 50.8 million at that time (see chart). Here at the Dubai Air Show, the airport authority is unveiling a new logo and name.
With 2,166 movements (1,088 departures and 1,078 arrivals) by general aviation aircraft in August, including 160 for heads of state, Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport faced the toughest challenge in its history while handling and parking this traffic during the Olympic Games.
The opening of a new runway hold point at London City Airport has increased the maximum number of hourly movements from 24 to 30. Four aircraft at a time can now taxi to the single 4,327-foot runway, with the first being positioned for takeoff while the other three wait at the hold point.
Dubai plans investments totaling $82 billion in aerospace over the next 10 years in support of its aim to become the world’s aviation and logistics hub.
The Aruba Airport Authority has awarded Universal Weather & Aviation the concession to build and operate a new general aviation FBO at the Reina Beatrix Airport. The new terminal building will have direct access roads and customs and immigration facilities on-site.
At the Dubai Air Show last month, Jet Aviation unveiled construction plans for a maintenance center and FBO at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates. With sister operations in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Dubai location will be the third Jet Aviation facility in the Middle East.
The new business aviation enclave at Dubai International Airport (DXB) is taking shape, and the first facilities were due to open by the end of last month. A new VIP terminal, to be run by the airport’s own Executive Flight Services (EFS), is due to open by year-end. Three independent service companies–Jet Aviation, ExecuJet Aviation and Wallan Aviation–will have adjoining hangars and offices at the airport.