Jordan’s aerospace industry on the rise
Jordan’s aerospace and defense industry has more than doubled the size of its national pavilion at this year’s Dubai airshow, compared with its presence at the 2003 event. According to Jordan Airmotive marketing manager and organizer of the Jordanian Pavilion, Isam Farhan, companies like his have attracted increasing investment lately. “For instance, Jordan is attracting investors in chartering, training schools and even aircraft maintenance,” he said. “And with Jordan scheduled to adopt an open-skies policy in 2007, there will be a dramatic increase in the requirement for aviation support services.”
The pavilion also includes the following companies: Jordan Aeronautical Systems, Jordan Airline Training and Simulation, Jordan Group (maintenance and training), Jordan Private Jet Services and Seabird Aviation (light aircraft and unmanned air vehicle maker).
The Jordan Aerospace Industries group is exhibiting separately (Stand No. E504a), having increased the size of its presence here by some 170 percent. It builds light aircraft and UAVs, and includes the Jordan Advanced Remote Technology subsidiary. Jordan Aircraft Maintenance also runs its own exhibit (Stand No. E810).
The Jordan Pavilion enjoys the strong personal support of HRH Prince Feisal Ibn Al Hussein, chief of staff of the Royal Jordanian Air Force and chairman of the National Resources Development Co. Commenting on growth in Jordan’s aerospace sector the prince pointed to the success of Amman-based Seabird Aviation in exporting light aircraft, which he said was a first for a Middle East company.