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November 14, 2011 - 11:25am
James Wynbrandt

FedEx Express, a FedEx Corp. subsidiary, announced the launch of a 48,000-sq-ft facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA). The new FedEx facility will give customers in the free zone greater connectivity to FedEx’s global network.

November 14, 2011 - 11:21am
R. Randall Padfield
Diamond D-Jet mockup

Medrar Financial Group of Dubai and Diamond Aircraft Holdings of Austria have signed an agreement for Medrar’s acquisition of a majority interest in Diamond, the companies announced today. The agreement includes Diamond’s piston airplanes as well as its under-development, single-turbine D-Jet.

November 14, 2011 - 11:13am
Chris Pocock
French air force commander Jean-Paul Palomeros

Has the Eurofighter Typhoon really unseated Dassault’s Rafale as the UAE Air Force’s fighter-of-choice for a 60-plane order?

November 14, 2011 - 11:10am
Thierry Dubois

OnAir is working on a supplementary type certificate for the Dassault Falcon 7X, which will be the first purpose-built business jet to receive the on-board cell phone service specialist’s system. So far, the system had been installed only in “bizliners,” such as Boeing BBJs or Airbus ACJs.

November 14, 2011 - 11:05am
Charles Alcock
Airbus ACJ321 announcement

Comlux Aviation placed the first-ever order for an Airbus ACJ321 at the Dubai Air Show on Monday, expanding the Airbus Corporate Jet family.

November 14, 2011 - 10:52am
James Wynbrandt

Pilatus Aircraft has selected Amac Aerospace as its fully authorized service center and exclusive sales center for the Pilatus PC-12 NG single-engine turboprop in the Middle East. Amac will commence sales activity on Jan. 1, 2012, from an office in Beirut. Maintenance will be performed at AMAC’s service center in Istanbul commencing in the second half of 2012.

November 14, 2011 - 10:45am
Mark Phelps
Burt Rutan

General aviation design guru and space pioneer Burt Rutan was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Dubai Air Show yesterday, though the founder and ex-CEO of Scaled Composite protested, “I haven’t done anything for months.” Rutan retired from his company earlier this year and moved to a home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, but the feet-up posture lasted just a few months until, “I got bored,” he said.

November 14, 2011 - 10:42am
James Wynbrandt

Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut announced here yesterday that its MS-21 family of short- and medium-range twin-engine passenger jets (MS-21-200, -300 and -400) has now recorded orders for 235 airplanes.

November 14, 2011 - 10:38am
Bill Carey

Raytheon has completed delivery and installation of its latest generation AutoTrac III (AT3) air traffic management system at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport, which is scheduled to open in 2012.

November 14, 2011 - 10:25am
Gregory Polek

Lufthansa has chosen CFM56-5Bs to power four new Airbus A320s on firm order, CFM International announced at the Dubai Air Show yesterday. The announcement comes just a day after CFM revealed a $2 billion order from Republic Airways of the U.S. covering Leap-1A engines to power 20 A319neos and 60 A320neos.