Growth Market Spawns Partnerships

 - December 30, 2008, 4:05 AM

Western companies are still flocking to the Middle East to secure a piece of the business aviation action in a marketplace that continues to defy global economic gloom, at least for the time being.

Miami-based InterFlight Global has forged an alliance with Dubai’s Titan Aviation to combine their activities in aviation consultancy and training, as well as aircraft management and brokerage. The partnership is led by Titan Aviation founder Sakeer Sheik and InterFlight president Oscar Garcia, who met while training to be pilots at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Britain’s Avisa Aviation Safety Systems has teamed with Al Jaber Aviation to provide Middle Eastern companies access to expert safety, training and certification support to help them meet international standards. The new company, called Avisa Gulf, has secured an initial contract to support Al Jaber’s fast-growing fleet.

California’s Avjet has started an aircraft sales and acquisitions partnership with Abu Dhabi’s Executive Aircraft Sales (EAS). The partners hope to tap increased demand for pre-owned business aircraft throughout the Arabian Gulf countries, as well as in other emerging markets such as Russia and Asia. EAS already has an office in Moscow and is about to open a base in Hong Kong.

Finally, Australia’s Hawker Pacific group is about to open an avionics maintenance center in Dubai. The new Hawker Pacific Avionics operation will be based in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and has applied for approvals from the United Arab Emirates’ Department of Civil Aviation and the European Aviation Safety Agency. Initially, it will offer bench repair capability for instrument, electrical and avionics equipment for fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.