Jet Aviation’s new FBO in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is open and features an innovative passenger flow system so arrivals and departures are conducted in separate channels to speed up throughput. The 106,000-sq-ft building provides more space than its predecessor while still offering direct ramp access. The new ramp enclave includes an area for storing ground equipment and providing line maintenance, and the FBO offers a new washing bay.
Arabian Aircraft Service Co. (Arabasco) opened its new FBO in Jeddah last month. The new 37,675-sq-ft, two-floor FBO is part of the first phase of the redevelopment of Jeddah International Airport and consists of several separate lounges for passengers and a dedicated airside area for crew, allowing them close access both to their aircraft and to support services, including flight planning, crew snooze rooms and a crew lounge.
The latest edition of the Middle East Business Aviation (Meba) show provided a vivid snapshot of the region’s business aviation industry. There is still tangible growth coming through, albeit at a markedly slower rate than had been seen before the global financial crisis washed up on some parts of the Arabian Gulf’s shores.
Jet Aviation is scheduled to move into a new FBO facility in Jeddah by the end of the month. The facility is located on King Abdulaziz International Airport and will offer FBO and line maintenance services. A Jet Aviation spokesman told AIN the MRO portion of the business is a Saudi Arabia GACA-approved repair station and provides line maintenance services to all aircraft, including N-registered.
Dassault Falcon announced at MEBA the appointment of Bernard Delouye as the new customer service manager to support its customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Syria. He will be based in Jeddah, where a significant portion of the region's Falcon fleet is based.
The opportunity for "travel in record-breaking time" along with 24/7 service is the promise of Saudia Private Aviation (Chalet A3), and the Saudi Arabian Airlines subsidiary has certainly been tooling up for the task over the last two years.
Abdulaziz A. Al Rowaished, president and CEO of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based Aviation Link, is no stranger to Middle East owners and operators. He and his company have helped many clients through the difficult process of buying a private aircraft. Recently, he played good shepherd to a Gulfstream G550 buyer, whose airplane is now being operated by NetJets Middle East on behalf of the owner.
Royal Jet and Arabasco launched a joint venture to expand private charter services in Saudi Arabia. Under the deal, Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet will base one of its five Boeing Business Jets and a Gulfstream G300, respectively, at the Jeddah and Riyadh bases of FBO/maintenance group Arabasco, and will also permanently station aircrew and support staff in Saudi Arabia.
Jet Aviation has implemented an online registration system for aircraft planning to visit any of its worldwide locations, including Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Düsseldorf, Germany; London Biggin Hill, UK; Singapore; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bedford, Mass.; Dallas; Teterboro, N.J.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. Aircraft operators can reserve aircraft services, hotel rooms, ground transportation and catering online at www.
A recently delivered Boeing Business Jet on April 7 flew the farthest distance yet for a BBJ: 6,854 nm, from Seattle to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 14 hr 12 min. Boeing Business Jets said the airplane landed with 5,900 lb of fuel, about 1 hr 30 min of endurance. Total flight time was helped by an average tailwind of 45 kt. In addition to its long flight, this is the first BBJ to be certified under FAR Part 135, according to the company.