Jet Aviation has opened a new FBO at Dubai World Central to take the pressure off its facility at Dubai International Airport (DXB), which at certain times of the day is unable to obtain slots for airplanes to land.
Dubai International Airport
Bombardier has achieved a big boost in the availability of spare parts to business aircraft operators in the Middle East with the recent opening of a new depot here in Dubai. The new facility, operated through a joint venture with parts logistics specialist Transworld Aviation, is located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and so is far closer to the new Al Maktoum International Airport than the Canadian airframer’s former parts depot at Dubai International Airport.
Gama Group, the fast-growing business aviation services group, is quickly settling into its new base at Sharjah International Airport. The Farnborough, UK-based company is finding that customers now recognize the limitations of Dubai International Airport, which has become increasingly busy with airline traffic, making it hard for business aircraft operators to get convenient slots–especially at short notice. Meanwhile, Gama’s move into Saudi Arabia with new FBOs planned in Jeddah and Riyadh are coming together fast.
The scheduled-airline vacuum at Dubai World Central’s new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) has created an opportunity for business aviation operators hard pressed to obtain adequate slots at Dubai International Airport (DXB), according to Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of government-owned Dubai Aviation City Corp., whose main responsibility is construction at Dubai Aviation City.
Jet Aviation has been appointed as the dedicated ground handling service provider for MEBA 2012, which is taking place this week at Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport. As such, Jet Aviation is providing aircraft services and passenger assistance, including taxiing, handling, lavatory service, refueling, catering, customs support, service coordination and flight plan support for flight crews. The company is also operating two airport customer lounges during the show.
ExecuJet Middle East has been able to expand its FBO at Dubai International Airport significantly, having taken over the management of the terminal building and ground-handling operation previously run by Executive Flight Services. This gives its customers access to additional space with eight separate lounges, enlarged customs and immigration services (including electronic processing) and duty-free shopping.
The building also features a separate prayer room, a spacious arrivals area for meeting and greeting passengers, as well as a limousine drop-off area and parking.
The Middle East market appears to be picking up as part of a gradual recovery from the downturn, but the turnaround is “generally slower than we would have liked,” according to Mike Berry managing director of ExecuJet Middle East.
Royal Jet, the commercial private jet concern owned by the UAE’s Presidential Flight Authority and Abu Dhabi Aviation, is planning a major fleet expansion in 2013, the year of its 10th anniversary. A defection by the nine-jet company away from Boeing, given that Royal Jet owns the world’s largest Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) fleet–six aircraft–would be a major blow for the U.S. manufacturer.
Construction began on the port at Jebel Ali in 1978, but it wasn’t until around 1985 that the man-made facility–generally recognized as the bedrock of Dubai’s modern-day success–started to fulfill its potential–and the emirate’s knack for turning ideas into world-beating projects shouldn’t be underestimated.