U.S.-based Jetcraft’s sales this year are heading toward the company’s busiest ever as it nears its golden anniversary. Year-to-date, Jetcraft has sold 19 aircraft valued at $378 million; 60 percent of those sales were outside the U.S. Long-range jets are the dominant type sold, especially to key emerging markets in China, India, Russia and Africa, but the total also includes VVIP jets and helicopters.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has signed a multi-year fleet management program contract with Aramco Associated, an affiliate of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). Under the terms of the contract, P&WC will provide engine support for the Saudi Aramco-operated AgustaWestland AW139 fleet based in Saudi Arabia. The program’s guaranteed maintenance cost plan contract covers PT6 engines over the term of the agreement.
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.
Some of the world's top pilots are going to battle it out at next year's Al Ain Aerobatic Show (February 2-5, 2011). The Desert Challenge, officially sanctioned by the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI), will be the centerpiece for a show that is expected to attract 130,000 people.
This AIN editor had an opportunity to tour Emirates/CAE Flight Training Center in Dubai. I was quickly impressed not simply with the size of the center, but also the pristine nature of the entire facility, a location that appears to have thought of almost every possible customer comfort, from snacks and drinks for crewmembers, no matter when their classes might operate, to limousine services to carry customers to and from their hotels.
Despite what Avjet Routing (Stand C225) called a year of "uncontrollable economic factors," the Sharjah-based aircraft handling company said it recorded a year of strong growth, strong enough, in fact, that the company labeled its 2010 performance to date as "exceptional." Growth came through a number of new contacts joining its AV-Global Network.
UK-based private aviation services provider Ocean Sky (Booth No. E312) has signaled its expansion into the Middle East with the opening of an office in Dubai. According to the company, while its initial focus in the region will be to offer air charter and aircraft management services, it expects eventually to expand into other segments such as aircraft acquisition and sales and FBO operations.
Canada-based Skyplan, a flight-services provider, plans to open an office in Dubai in February to complement its existing Sharjah office, which opened a year ago, and to better serve clients operating out of Dubai International Airport and elsewhere in the region.
The world’s aerospace industry could use a morale boost, and it might just get it at the 2009 Dubai Air Show (November 15 to 19) at the end of a year that has brought little but austerity and uncertainty. The Middle East has been a strong generator of growth over the past decade, and the market’s potential to revive otherwise sluggish sales in the aerospace sector is more important now than ever before.
Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group has become the first operator in the Gulf Cooperation Council to take delivery of a new Hawker 4000. The aircraft, along with all of Empire’s fleet, is offered for charter throughout Europe and the Middle East by Avinode (Booth No. 4438), which provides an online suite of tools to charter operators and users.