The opportunity for "travel in record-breaking time" along with 24/7 service is the promise of Saudia Private Aviation (Chalet A3), and the Saudi Arabian Airlines subsidiary has certainly been tooling up for the task over the last two years.
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This year’s Middle East Business Aviation show, to be held in Dubai December 7 to 9, is set to be the biggest event yet. According to Fairs & Exhibitions, the company that organizes the biennial event, the 2010 show will have about 40 percent more exhibitors than in 2008, with 350 companies booked. The number of trade visitors is expected to climb by around 27 percent to reach 7,000.
This year's Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, to be held in Dubai from December 7 to 9, is set to be the biggest event yet. According to Fairs & Exhibitions, the company that organizes the biennial event, this year's show will have about 40 percent more exhibitors than in 2008, with 350 companies booked. The number of trade visitors is expected to climb to 7,000, an increase of about 27 percent.
In a ceremony here yesterday, trimmed with a touch of Middle East elegance, Dassault Falcon turned over its 75th Falcon 7X long-range business jet to Saudia Private Aviation, the charter arm of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
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With 50 of its aircraft currently operating in the Middle East, Dassault expects that total to swell by 50 percent over the next three years, according to Alain Aubry, Dassault Falcon’s vice president of sales and marketing. Speaking at the Dubai Air Show, Aubry said the Middle East has accounted for only two order cancellations since the beginning of the economic crisis, far fewer than any other region.
By March of next year Dassault is expected to deliver the first of four Falcon 7Xs that Saudi Arabian Airlines ordered at the 2007 Dubai Airshow. Also in Saudi Arabia, the first Falcon 2000LX business jet is to be delivered to National Air Service (NAS) in January for the NetJets Middle East fractional ownership program.
Continued eastward migration of low-cost carriers (LCCs) from North America and Europe to regions such as the Middle East and Asia arguably has established the credibility of this air transport business model.
Embraer sees Arab operators of its 64- to 114-seat E170/175 and E190/195 regional jets (E-Jets) as providing a good example of what it views as the “right-sizing” of passenger services. By matching capacity to demand such carriers can enhance yield through increased flight frequency rather than continuing possibly marginal operations with larger single-aisle aircraft such as Airbus A320s, Boeing 737-500s and McDonnell Douglas MD-90s.
Royal Jet and Arabasco launched a joint venture to expand private charter services in Saudi Arabia. Under the deal, Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet will base one of its five Boeing Business Jets and a Gulfstream G300, respectively, at the Jeddah and Riyadh bases of FBO/maintenance group Arabasco, and will also permanently station aircrew and support staff in Saudi Arabia.