Amid Bahrain Violence, Nexus Shifts Ops to Saudi Arabia

 - March 24, 2011, 12:20 PM

Middle East business aviation support group Nexus is relocating its main operations center to Saudi Arabia in response to violent political upheaval in Bahrain, where its head office has been located. The company, which is a subsidiary of Saudi group MAZ Aviation, will now make its Jeddah facility the focus of its flight-support work for business aircraft operators. It will maintain a satellite operation in Bahrain, but its management team is relocating to Saudi Arabia over the next two months. The company’s twin operations centers in Bahrain and Jeddah completely mirror each other in terms of technology and infrastructure, with dual power lines and Internet connections. This was intended to provide redundancy in the event of serious disruption or technical failure at one location. In addition to arranging all aspects of ground handling, Nexus has a global concierge team to make arrangements, such as the complimentary booking of hotels and ground transportation for passengers and crew. Last year, the company set up a satellite concierge operation in Egypt and now plans to add one in Hyderabad, India. Nexus also has a joint venture with FlightSafety International to train aircraft dispatchers in the Middle East.