Middle Eastern charter and scheduled service operator Rotana Jet plans to more than double its fleet by 2016. Speaking today at the Air Expo show at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport, where Rotana Jet is based, the company said that over the next two years it will add at least seven more aircraft to the five it currently operates.
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Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the Pilatus PC-24 yesterday afternoon at the Dubai Airshow. The new twinjet, which was launched in May at EBACE, combines light-jet operating economics with super-midsize jet capabilities and comfort and is aimed at more conventional offerings from Cessna and Embraer.
Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services inked a letter of intent (LOI) for the Pilatus PC-24 business jet yesterday afternoon here at Dubai 2013. The new jet was launched in May at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. While Pilatus said it will not open the PC-24’s order book until EBACE 2014, this is the first reported LOI for the new aircraft, potentially placing the UAE aircraft and charter management firm as one of the launch customers when orders are officially taken.
A series of blockbuster orders placed yesterday underlined Dubai’s status as capital of the commercial aircraft megadeal, chief among them being an order for 150 Boeing 777X aircraft placed by Emirates (termed a “commitment”)–effectively launching the new larger variant of the popular long-range twinjet. Emirates’s 777X order, which consists of 115 -9Xs and 35 -8Xs, was not entirely unexpected as the carrier played a leading role in defining the aircraft, but yesterday marked the largest product launch in commercial airline history (by dollar value) for any OEM.
Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi, which recently announced plans to increase its capacity to meet rising demand for MRO services for executive aircraft, has become an official “gold sponsor” of the First Abu Dhabi Air Expo, to be held March 6 to 8 at Al Bateen Executive Airport. Organizers expect more than 10,000 visitors at the show. At its Al Bateen location, FAS recently opened a new maintenance hangar to provide MRO services for not only business aviation but also for the UAW’s military air wing as well.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has announced that Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) is to establish a customer support center for S-76 helicopters at Abu Dhabi’s City Airport. FAS, a provider of helicopter charter and maintenance services founded in 2006 under the direction of Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, has signed delivery position agreements covering four S-76Ds for VIP/corporate transport use.
Emirates Airline and Lufthansa Technik subsidiary Hawker Pacific signed a contract here yesterday covering exchange, overhaul and support of the landing gear on the carrier’s 21 Boeing 777-200, -200ER and -300 aircraft. The three models have respective maximum takeoff weights of 545,000, 632,000 and 660,000 pounds.