The Middle East Business Aviation Association is hosting the inaugural Middle East Business Aviation Conference (MEBAC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 4. The conference, which is officially sanctioned by Saudi Arabia General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) president H.H. Prince Fahd bin Abdulla bin Muhammad, will gather prominent leaders from the region’s aviation sector to discuss the issues affecting the Kingdom’s business aviation market. Keynote speakers will include Prince Fahd, GACA vice president Dr.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association is hosting the inaugural Middle East Business Aviation Conference in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on June 4. The conference, to be held under the patronage of Saudi Arabia General Authority of Civil Aviation president H.H. Prince Fahd bin Abdulla bin Muhammad, will gather prominent leaders of the region’s aviation sector to discuss the issues affecting the Kingdom’s business aviation market. Business aviation in Saudi Arabia is quickly growing and is one the segment’s biggest markets among the six states in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
As the phenomenal growth in the Middle East air transport sector gathers momentum, attention is turning to how to manage the increased numbers of airliners now on order when they enter the skies above the Persian Gulf. This is especially true in the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region–home to Emirates Airline, Etihad and Qatar Airways–where governments have risen to the challenge of air traffic management, and now thoughts are turning to how to mount a regional effort to maximize air traffic efficiency.
Qatar Airways is set to become the first foreign carrier to make lasting inroads into the Saudi Arabian air transport market, in moves that could overturn long-standing restrictions that have made the large and wealthy country something of a sleeping giant.
Raytheon and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Pannesma have agreed to form a joint venture in the Middle Eastern country to support their command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) defense businesses.
The joint venture agreement, signed here at the Farnborough International airshow, reconfirms the two companies’ 20 years of cooperation and underscores Raytheon’s commitment to support and expand Saudi Arabia’s industrial, educational and technology bases.
Galmena, a joint venture formed between Canada’s Gal Aviation and Bahrain-based Mena Aerospace Enterprises, signed a new service agreement with global business aircraft organization ExecuJet Middle East this week at EBACE. Under the agreement, the two companies are joining forces to deliver an all-inclusive cabin interiors service to major OEMs’ aircraft platforms, and their existing client bases.
Qatar Airways’s colorful CEO, Akbar Al Baker, has made a name for himself at the helm of one of the Arabian Gulf region’s trio of fast-growing airlines. But alongside his United Arab Emirates rivals Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways he can claim an additional string to his bow that the other two have so far overlooked: the creation of an executive jet division.
Abu Dhabi’s emergence as a leading business aviation hub in the Arabian Gulf was further enhanced by the March staging of the inaugural Air Expo. The event, held at the Al Bateen Executive Airport nine months before rival Dubai’s Middle East Business Aviation show, attracted a reported 10,700 visitors and 105 exhibitors.
The government of Iraq has requested a second batch of 18 Lockheed Martin F-16IQs to help rebuild its air force as the final U.S. troops withdraw from the country after nearly nine years of occupation. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale on December 12, a day that saw President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appear together in Washington, D.C., to mark the imminent end of the Iraq conflict.
ExecuJet Middle East has sent a letter of intent to enter into a service agreement with Gal Mena, a joint venture formed between Gal Aviation, a member of the Gal Group of companies in Canada, and Mena Aerospace Enterprises of the Kingdom of Bahrain. ExecuJet Middle East is expanding offerings by joining forces with Gal Mena to deliver all-inclusive cabin interior service.