Middle East bizav fleet is 350,says National Air Services
During the MEBA conference, new figures emerged on the region’s business aviation fleet and growth potential. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based operator National Air Services says there are some 350 private aircraft flying throughout the Middle East, although statistics generally reckon around 250 locally registered aircraft. Separately, John Sandwick, private banker and managing director of Swiss-based Encore Management, said he expects the region’s current annual 15,000 business aircraft flight hours to be multiplied by 2.5 in the next 10 years. “It has never been a better time to mix business aviation with a growing economy like the one here in Dubai,” Wilson Leach, managing director of Aviation International News, added.