Following the recent delivery of its first A318 Elite, Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) yesterday became the first Middle East customer to offer an Airbus for VIP charter flights. The company has three more A318 Elites and two ACJs on order, which will make it the largest operator of Airbus corporate jets in the region, Airbus said.
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According to Airbus Corporate Jets, as business jet use becomes more widespread in mainland China the aircraft will make an important contribution to further expanding the exporting country’s economy. “When a company uses a corporate jet, the productivity of its executives is multiplied, allowing them to manage the business more effectively,” Airbus COO for customers John Leahy said.
According to Airbus Corporate Jets, as business jet use becomes more widespread in mainland China–which is growing increasingly hospitable to general aviation operations in the country–the aircraft will make an important contribution to further expanding its economy.
Jet Aviation Basel will continue to provide completions for the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family, following yesterday’s signing of a five-year agreement between the two companies covering completions services, interior design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and certification.
Middle East Airlines (MEA) has placed a contract for International Aero Engines to support the V2500 engines that power its Airbus A320 fleet. The long-term deal covers turbofans on six aircraft covered by firm orders and three more that the Beirut-based carrier has optioned. The operator took delivery of the first of these V2500 SelectOne-powered aircraft in January 2009.
The Comlux Group, which became a 40-percent shareholder in the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in May 2008, has withdrawn by mutual agreement from that partnership to focus on its new facilities in Indianapolis.
The EASA has approved Amac Aerospace Switzerland to perform line and base maintenance as well as interior refurbishments and modifications on the Global Express, Global Express XRS and Global 5000. The operation is also certified for base and line maintenance on the Gulfstream large-cabin series, Airbus A320 single-aisle series, Boeing BBJ series and line maintenance for the Boeing (McDonnell Douglas)MD-80 series.
Aircraft management and charter firm Comlux yesterday placed an order for its tenth Airbus executive jet, making it the largest single operator of the aircraft manufacturer’s bizliners. The $75 million deal signed here at the Dubai show brings Comlux’s total order for ACJs to three, in addition to previous orders for four A318 Elites, two A320 Prestiges and one A330-200 Prestige–a cumulative order value that exceeds $800 million, Airbus said.
Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), which has four Airbus A318 Elites and two ACJs on order, last week announced plans to start VVIP charter services in the Middle East. The Al Jaber Group, one of Abu Dhabi’s largest diversified companies, formed AJA in 2008 aiming to enter the $1 billion sector, which has 25 percent year-on-year growth, according to Dr. Mark Pierotti, AJA’s chief operating officer.
The cream has risen to the top and has not gone sour is how Comlux would characterize today’s charter market, which is to say that demand for high-end, airliner-class aircraft has held up well in relation to the marked downturn still being suffered by operators of smaller jets. This explains why the Swiss-based group has come to Orlando (Booth No.