The president of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said in a recent letter to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) that the loss of his airline’s Flight 409 on January 25, 2010, shortly after takeoff from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (OLBA), was not due to pilot error, but to a surface-to-air missile, a lightning strike or some form of sabotage.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is looking to go local from next year. Ali Al Naqbi, founding chairman of the organization, confirmed here at the EBACE show that the association has chosen Beirut, Lebanon, as the site for the organization’s first forum, in 2013.
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.
Cessna has delivered the first of two Citation Mustangs to Lebanese charter company Open Sky Aviation. Open Sky Aviation will operate from Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport and will serve destinations including Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Enthusiasm over a near 50-percent year-over-year jump in passenger traffic had reached a climax early in the summer of 2006 at Beirut Rafik Hariri International Airport when, in an instant, on July 13 Israeli bombs shattered and set ablaze all the good feelings along with vast chunks of runway and the airport’s main fuel tanks.