JetEx has officially opened its new FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The Dubai-based business aviation services group has big ambitions to expand internationally and sees its new French operator as a key first step.
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The 28th salon aéronautique et spatial in 1969, promised something special. And it kept its promises.
On this 100th anniversary of the Paris Air Show French journalist Gil Roy continues his reflections on the greatest moments from the salon du Bourget’s illustrious history with a look at the show became a focal point–thankfully a peaceful one–for the Cold War.
The Paris Air Show, marking its 100th anniversary, has come a long way since it was first staged at the Grand Palais in the center of the French capital back 1909. It has long been a truly global gathering of the aerospace and defense industries.
Despite the current economic crisis and the absence of two major U.S. business jet manufacturers (Gulfstream and Cessna), organizers of the Paris Air Show have said that this year’s event will not be down significantly in size compared with years past, when the industry has been more buoyant.
Under the banner “French business airports,” seven French business aviation airports are working to change their current common charter to a more formalized “branding.” Paris Le Bourget, Lyon Bron, Cannes, Le Castellet, Avignon and Ancenis airports are exhibiting here at EBACE in Booths Nos. 1302 to 1306 and 1326 (Le Touquet is part of the group but is not an exhibitor).
Recent public attacks on business aviation have sought to portray the industry as exhibiting unwarranted privilege at a time when so many are suffering in the economic crisis.
EBAA France, the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association, is exhibiting at EBACE for the first time (Booth No. 1301) as part of a new public relations effort to support a struggling industry. The group is demanding the French government issue tax waivers to ease the financial pain of the industry.
Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support has made its first move into FBO management by buying the FlyingGroup facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The FlyingGroup, based in Belgium, sold the FBO so that it can focus on its aircraft charter and management activities. Details of the sale were not disclosed.
Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support has made its first move into FBO management by completing the acquisition of the Flying Group facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The Belgian company has sold the FBO for an undisclosed sum so it can focus on its aircraft charter and management activities. According to JetEx CEO Adel Mardini, the Paris acquisition is part of a long-term strategy to establish an international network of FBOs.