On the heels of their agreement signed at the Dubai Air Show in November, Dubai-based trip support company Skyplan Services (Booth H327) and China-based Oriental Sky Aviation (OSA) are exhibiting together for the first time here at ABACE 2014.
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The U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced the opening of a representative office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region this week at the Global Aerospace Summit in Dubai. Its new office will be co-located with the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) in Dubai. According to GAMA, its new office there highlights the importance of the MENA region for general and business aviation, as well as the strong partnership between GAMA and MEBA.
March 11, 2008, was a not-to-be-forgotten date in the annals of United Arab Emirates motoring history. That day, 250 cars were involved in a pile-up on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai road just outside Ghantoot, about 30 miles from Dubai. Despite the thick fog that had drifted in from the Gulf, motorists apparently made little or no attempt to moderate their speed, and mayhem was the result. Abu Dhabi Police helicopter pilot Major Hammad Al Kitbi arrived on the scene to find devastation.
According to aviation data research firm WingX Advance, there have been 139,966 business aviation movements at the top 22 airports in the Middle East so far this year, a 3-percent rise from the same period a year ago. WingX said the majority of departures from the region are headed to Europe.
King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah is the busiest of the 22 Middle Eastern airports, with 909 departures year-to-date, 62 percent of which are private flights, it said. Activity at Kuwait, which is one of the busiest charter departure points, is up 7 percent year-over-year.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) will offer new guidance on Emergency Response Planning (ERP) aimed specifically at the Middle East, as well as an update on the Middle East Business Aviation Insurance Scheme (MAIS), at a series of seminars and workshops during the Dubai Airshow this week.
MEBAA will also host its General Assembly on Tuesday, November 19, with founding chairman Ali Al Naqbi updating the association’s 215 members on MEBAA’s activities during the year. He will also outline plans for 2014, including the MEBA 2014 event in December.
Switzerland-based Vertis Aviation will open a Dubai branch of its aviation charter business in January in the Free Zone at Dubai World Central/Al Maktoum International Airport. Vertis aims to capitalize on the development of business aviation at the airport and build a broader customer network within the countries that form the Gulf Cooperation Council. The office will be run by Catherine Buchanan, who will be responsible for managing the development of the charter brokerage and strengthening the Vertis brand in the region.
A Eurocopter AS350 crashed on September 26 while attempting to land at Lukla Airport near Mount Everest in Nepal. The helicopter caught fire, injuring all four people on board, one critically. The small Lukla helipad, located at 9,325 feet msl, sits next to the airport’s busy 1,500-foot hard-surfaced runway.
Jetex Flight Support, which provides business aircraft handling services around the world and operates two FBOs in Europe, is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy that could see its FBO holdings triple over the course of this year, the Dubai-based company said at MEBA. According to Jetex president and CEO Adel Mardini, Jetex plans to open FBOs this year at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), as well as two new locations in Europe and one in the Far East.
From the gauntlet of stands that greeted visitors, to displays tucked into corners of the almost finished economy airline terminal that served as MEBA 2012’s exhibition hall, on the event’s last day exhibitors expressed a range of opinions about the show as varied as their display locations.
“I don’t think we’ve ever been busier, said Dave Edwards, managing director, Middle East and Asia, Gama Aviation, at the Dubai-based aviation services provider’s stand just inside the entrance, a spot impossible for attendees to miss.
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