MEBA Convention News » 2008

November 16, 2008 - 9:20am

While the global economy is reeling in the wake of the credit crisis, the Middle East is largely insulated from these problems, which bodes well for companies hoping to sell business jets in the region. In fact, the estimates of $1 billion in annual business jet sales in the Middle East “is rather conservative,” Jahid Fazal-Karim, the co-owner of Jetcraft Corp.

November 16, 2008 - 9:17am

Parked proudly outside the Tailwind Capital Chalet (No. 19) here on the MEBA static display is a newly converted 2003 Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), dubbed the Hemisphere 200XR. It is one of five CRJ200s that Tailwind acquired for the purpose of changing the former regional airliners into business jets that are nearly identical to new Challenger 850s.

November 16, 2008 - 9:16am

Fast-growing executive charter group VistaJet yesterday spelled out details of its new Flight Solutions portfolio. The Swiss-based group says that by operating closer to an airline business model it can radically change the economics of private aviation to make it a more viable option to a wider customer base.

November 16, 2008 - 9:13am

The Dubai Creek was once much used by the flying boats of Imperial Airways in the 1930s. Now, by the application of new technology on a tried and trusted design, the prospect of a new era in personalized amphibious flying has opened up. Triple S Aviation of Texas (Stand No. 1032) has teamed with Antilles Seaplanes to offer the G-21 Super Goose.

November 16, 2008 - 9:11am

November 16, 2008 - 9:09am

Al Jaber Aviation (Stand No. 415) yesterday unveiled details of its entry into the VIP and corporate aviation market and announced a $1.2 billion investment for the acquisition of no fewer than 21 aircraft. The first of its mixed fleet of large-cabin aircraft will enter service in February 2009 and will be based at the AJA initial base at City Airport Abu Dhabi (the former Al Bateen military air base).

November 16, 2008 - 9:04am

New business announced on the first day of MEBA 2008 vastly exceeded expectations with fast-approaching $2 billion worth of new aircraft orders announced in just a few hours yesterday. The sales stampede has set MEBA on course to become the true fulcrum for the world’s fastest growing business aviation marketplace.

November 16, 2008 - 8:01am

While the global economy is reeling in the wake of the credit crisis, the Middle East is largely insulated from these problems, which bodes well for companies hoping to sell business jets in the region. In fact, the estimates of $1 billion in annual business jet sales in the Middle East “is rather conservative,” Jahid Fazal-Karim, the co-owner of Jetcraft Corp.

November 16, 2008 - 8:00am

The Al Jaber Aviation order for ACJ and Elite members of the Airbus business jet family announced Sunday (see page one) marks the first in the Middle East to specify long-range fuel tanks, giving longer legs for operations from Dubai or Abu Dhabi.  From the smallest in the Airbus range based on the A318, to the giant A380 Prestige, the ability to offer nonstop flights between major cities adds to the attraction of aircraft that set the highest

November 16, 2008 - 7:05am

Dubai-base Elite Jets has become the first company in the Middle East to obtain the coveted IS-BAO certification from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The Middle East Business Aviation Association is a member of IBAC.

 
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