Saudia Private Aviation (SPA), the business jet arm of Saudi Arabian Airlines, is seeing increased interest from businesses in the Kingdom in acquiring new aircraft, as it prepared to open the largest FBO in the country, at Jeddah.
Embraer Executive Jets yesterday announced that it has sold and delivered a Legacy 650 to Saudi Arabia-based FAL Aviation–the first Legacy 650 registered in the Kingdom. A subsidiary of the Fal Group in Riyadh, Fal Aviation was among the first operators of the Legacy 600 when it was introduced in 2003.
Saudia Private Aviation (SPA) plans to open business-jet FBOs at Saudi Arabia’s four main airports–Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Medina–within a year, according to company managing director Wajdi Al Idrissi. The facility at SPA’s Jeddah home base is expected to open next month.
ExecuJet Aviation has been in the Middle East for the long haul since 1999 and since then it has seen the bizav market fluctuate from boom to flat and now reach a slow climb. It has seen rivals come and go, and ambitious business plans turn to dust.
Jet Aviation’s expansion in the Middle East continues, highlighted by the recent grand opening of its new terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where the company has had an FBO since 1983. The opening ceremony, held earlier this month, brought guests from 10 countries to the 32,292-sq-ft facility, which was developed as a joint venture with Saudi partners under the Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia banner.
Arabian Aircraft Service Co. (Arabasco) opened its new FBO in Jeddah last month. The new 37,675-sq-ft, two-floor FBO is part of the first phase of the redevelopment of Jeddah International Airport and consists of several separate lounges for passengers and a dedicated airside area for crew, allowing them close access both to their aircraft and to support services, including flight planning, crew snooze rooms and a crew lounge.
Executive Sky managing director Khaled Akkawi said yesterday that growth at his two-year-old Beirut, Lebanon-based charter company has been nothing short of phenomenal, with "2010 revenues up 500 percent over 2009." Executive Sky currently operates a two-aircraft fleet, a Learjet 60 and a Hawker 700.
ahrain-based charter operator Bexair has been granted an aircraft operator’s certificate in Saudi Arabia. The company established a subsidiary in Riyadh last year and it is now aiming to secure long-term charter contracts from Saudi customers.
Embraer has appointed the Al Saif Group its authorized sales representative for its business jet family in Saudi Arabia. The Riyadh-based company is a diversified group active in sectors including automobiles, heavy equipment, healthcare, defense, security and real estate. It will be handling sales of the Lineage, Legacy and Phenom series of aircraft.
Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (EAG), founded just last year, is already laying plans for its expansion across the region. The company has appointed a representative sales agent in Qatar and is committed to a joint venture with an unnamed