Al Jaber Aviation (Stand No. 415) yesterday unveiled details of its entry into the VIP and corporate aviation market and announced a $1.2 billion investment for the acquisition of no fewer than 21 aircraft. The first of its mixed fleet of large-cabin aircraft will enter service in February 2009 and will be based at the AJA initial base at City Airport Abu Dhabi (the former Al Bateen military air base).
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New business announced on the first day of MEBA 2008 vastly exceeded expectations with fast-approaching $2 billion worth of new aircraft orders announced in just a few hours yesterday. The sales stampede has set MEBA on course to become the true fulcrum for the world’s fastest growing business aviation marketplace.
Real Executive is to start a new venture in the United Arab Emirates based at the City Airport Abu Dhabi. There it will be partnered with Elite Aviation and initially draw on the existing fleet comprising a Challenger 601 and Falcon 900EX Easy. These will shortly be joined by a Global Express and Gulfstream 200 and there are plans to add a Gulfstream 150 in January.
Dubai Airports unveiled the new branding of its Executive Flights Centre during the first day at MEBA, and also revealed that part of the first terminal being built at the new Al Maktoum International Airport at Jebel Ali (also known as Dubai World Central) will be reserved for corporate aviation.
Prestige Jet, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered business aircraft charter operator that operates from the newly named Abu Dhabi City Airport, announced at the show yesterday that it would become part of a new wide-ranging holding company, Prestige Holding.
Sikorsky Aerospace Services has announced that Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) is to establish a customer support center for S-76 helicopters at Abu Dhabi’s City Airport. FAS, a provider of helicopter charter and maintenance services founded in 2006 under the direction of Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, has signed delivery position agreements covering four S-76Ds for VIP/corporate transport use.
The UAE capital’s new dedicated private jet airport has been renamed City Airport Abu Dhabi as part of its overhaul and transformation from its former Al Bateen airbase identity. The name change is intended to highlight the airport’s convenient location, just six kilometers from the city center. The airport is just a 10-minute drive from the Corniche and three miles from the Abu Dhabi’s business district.
Calgary, Canada-headquartered Skyplan has announced the opening of a new office in Sharjah to offer local access to its various services, including flight planning and dispatch, overflight and landing permissions, ground handling and contract jet fuel.
Development of innovative offshore islands has made the United Arab Emirates ideal territory for seaplane services–at least that is the view of a team led by Sheikh Saeed Mohammed Hasher Al Maktoum who has formed Seawings to operate aerial sightseeing services.
Prior to yesterday’s sixth board meeting of MEBAA, the association’s chairman Ali Al Naqbi told MEBA Convention News that the biggest bottleneck at present is the lack of manpower at the association. “We are recruiting three more staff this year to help us achieve our objectives.