MEBAA Convention News

ABS Jets supporting Legacys in UAE

 - December 6, 2010, 1:53 AM

ABS Jets is ready to start supporting Embraer Legacy operators in the Middle East now that it has secured CAR 145 maintenance approval from the United Arab Emirates to provide base and line support for these aircraft. The Czech-based company, which operates six Legacys, will now be seeking the same approval from other Arabic states.

In addition to the Legacy, the ABS Jets EASA 145-approved facility in Prague is also an Embraer authorized service center for the Phenom 100 very light jet. It can also support the Citation Bravo. The engineering team can handle scheduled maintenance (up to C-checks), as well as tasks such as avionics upgrades, APU replacement and cabin modification.

Meanwhile, ABS Jets (Booth No. E256) has begun construction of a 65,000-sq-ft hangar at Prague's Ruzyne Airport that will triple the size of the company's premises. In the neighboring Slovak Republic, ABS is seeking approval to build another new hangar for its base at Bratislava Airport in the next two years.

According to ABS commercial director Radomir Sanak, the company has already sold about half the space in the new hangar in Prague. Currently, the company operates 11 aircraft and it expects the fleet to grow over the next few years. Of the 11 aircraft, seven are available for charter: five Embraer Legacy 600s, a Bombardier Learjet 60XR and a Cessna Citation Bravo. For private owners, it manages three Gulfstreams, a Legacy and a Boeing Business J