OCRA Aerospace (Stand E225) has announced the sale of a Dornier 328 Jet to an undisclosed customer in southeast Asia. The aircraft, which is on static display here at MEBA, has been sold on behalf of Texas-based Comtran, which outfitted the aircraft with its luxury Revolution 12-passenger interior. The sticker price was $7.55 million.
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Winslow LifeRaft Company of Lake Suzy, Florida (Stand C524), has come to MEBA with one primary mission, said George Byer, the company's vice president sales, "We need to locate a repair and overhaul facility in the Middle East" that can repair and service the company's life rafts.
This year's MEBA show hasn't even closed yet, but already the organizers, F&E Aerospace (Stand E313), has signed up the first exhibitor for the next event, to be held December 11 to 13, 2012. First to take up the opportunity is Executive Aircraft Services from Lebanon (Stand C510), which runs an FBO at Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport, as well as managing a seven-aircraft fleet.
Flygprestanda (Stand C620) is giving visitors to MEBA a preview of its new flight operation control system (FOCS), which is currently undergoing trials with an airline. It is scheduled to go live in January, after which point it will be released to market. FOCS is a new system that provides flight scheduling, route finding, ATC filing services and other planning functions.
FBO chain Signature Flight Support, with 103 facilities around the world, is interested in opening a Middle East FBO, said Steve Gulvin, regional vice president Europe and Middle East, "but we've decided conditions have to be right." Signature is exhibiting at MEBA for the third time and each time its presence at this show and also the biennial Dubai Airshow has grown.
Long-time users of the Air Support Preflight Planning System (PPS) route planning software on PCs may not be surprised to learn that the company plans to unveil a faster flight plan Optimizer. What may surprise current customers, however, is that they will need do little more than turn on their computers to obtain this major upgrade, because it will happen, for the most part, behind the scenes.
This is my first trip to Dubai, so a blog post from me on the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show is appropriate. Because I’ve attended many NBAA shows, people from AIN who’ve been to Dubai before have been preparing me for MEBA, with a note that this is no more than a mini-NBAA. While many of the players are the same people I just saw in Atlanta a little more than a month ago, the way the show is built seems pretty alien to me.
The fourth Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show is off to a strong start, with exhibitor numbers climbing more than 40 percent from 2008 and registered visitors topping the 7,000 mark, up from 5,500. But this could be the show's last staging here in Dubai for the time being, with plans being made to relocate the event to another prime location in the Arabian Gulf.
Airshow organizer F&E Aerospace is expecting some 7,000 attendees–a record number–at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show next week in Dubai. The three-day show, which opens on Tuesday, is organized on behalf of the Middle East Business Aviation Association and will feature 338 exhibitors at the Dubai Airport Expo and about 70 business aircraft on static display just outside the convention center.
This year’s Middle East Business Aviation show, to be held in Dubai December 7 to 9, is set to be the biggest event yet. According to Fairs & Exhibitions, the company that organizes the biennial event, the 2010 show will have about 40 percent more exhibitors than in 2008, with 350 companies booked. The number of trade visitors is expected to climb by around 27 percent to reach 7,000.
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