Genesis Custom Jetliners, a U.S. firm that specializes in the conversion of previously operated airliners to VIP and head-of-state airplanes, has opened a sales office in Dubai in a bid to carve out a share of the Middle East luxury jet market.
MEBA Convention News » November 17, 2008
Dubai-based Emivest (Emirates Investment and Development Co.) became the majority (80 percent) shareholder of former Sino Swearingen Aircraft in June when it agreed to pump a minimum of $150 million into the San Antonio, Texas-based aircraft manufacturer to restart and accelerate production of the $7.5 million SJ30 light jet. Last month at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Florida, it renamed the company Emivest Aerospace.
VistaJet (Stand No. 524) has embarked on an ambitious growth plan that could see it operating a fleet of almost 100 business jets by 2012. The Zurich, Switzerland-based group recently has completed the acquisition of Bombardier’s Skyjet International block charter program and is now running this in tandem with its new Flight Solutions leaseback program for aircraft owners.
It is an old but still valid saying that “safety is no accident,” although to Gates Aviation Consulting (Stand No. 227) the subject is rather complex and the company is ready to offer its expertise to business aviation operators and users. Managing partner Ron Lindsay and senior consultant David Saunders can provide plentiful examples of how safety can be overlooked.
Cairo-based Spot Air (Stand No. 542) is here at MEBA promoting its many aviation services, including charter brokerage, aircraft management, air ambulance, completions consulting, maintenance, sales and finance.
Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (EAG), founded just last year, is already laying plans for its expansion across the region. The company has appointed a representative sales agent in Qatar and is committed to a joint venture with an unnamed
ExcelAire of Ronkonkoma, New York, has added a Sikorsky S-76 to its fleet of business jets, which includes several Gulfstream and Cessna Citation models, Embraer Legacy
UK-based executive charter operator Ocean Sky (Stand No. 632) has acquired Dean Aircraft Interiors for an undisclosed sum. It marks a continuation in the rapid expansion of Ocean Sky, which also has offices in Salzburg, Zurich and Moscow, as well as an FBO at Prestwick International Airport
Eurocopter (Chalet No. 33) is expecting that the Middle Eastern and North African markets will continue to grow in the coming years. Here in the Gulf region, the European manufacturer has sold its first EC 135 Hermès luxury twin.
Maintained properly, upgraded to comply with changing regulations, modified with more capable avionics in the cockpit, repainted outside, refurbished inside, and sometimes even equipped with newer, more powerful, energy-efficient engines, a business aircraft can fly safely and effectively for 30 or 40 years or more.