European Airlines have announced plans to link Dubai nonstop to Scandinavia and by business-class-only service to the UK and the U.S. Unlikely though it might seem, no UAE carrier currently provides nonstop service to the Nordic region. Now, a European operator has met that challenge from the other end of the route: Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) this month launched three-times-weekly flights from the Danish capital Copenhagen to Dubai.
Dubai Air Show » November 11, 2007
Abu Dhabi’s Prestige Jet (Stand E322), a year-old business aircraft charter and management service, sees growth in the private air travel market fueling its need for more aircraft.
Currently using Bombardier Challenger 601/604 and Gulfstream III large business jets, the company has two Grob SPn light business jets on order for delivery next year, and may announce more orders here at the Dubai Air Show.
New Zealand’s power solutions provider Cavotec MSL sponsored the A380 Touchdown conference held here in Dubai on November 9 and 10. The conference addressed the technical and business “issues” that airports due to host the Airbus A380 might face. The aircraft entered scheduled commercial service with Singapore Airlines in late October and should join local carrier Emirates in about a year’s time.
Each of the original three contenders to supply the UAE Air Force with an advanced jet trainer (AJT) offered unique selling points that could have tipped the balance in their favor. But following the recent rejection of the BAE Hawk submission, a final selection is expected imminently and could even be announced before the end of the show.
A 24-hour customer support center recently established by Eurocopter for its European customers will go global late this year, according to the company.
Next year’s 60th anniversary Farnborough Airshow should be a record-breaker, according to organizers Farnborough International (Stand W106). Sales are at the highest level ever seen at this stage in the biennial cycle, the company said, and exhibitors’ plans are correspondingly ambitious.
Dassault Aviation (Stand W406) is at the Dubai Air Show for the first time since it named Jet Aviation’s facility here its UAE authorized service center. Jet Aviation’s purpose-built Dubai FBO has 45,192 square feet of hangar space; a 10,760-sq-ft shop area; and an 11,300-sq-ft, two-story terminal building.
JetCraft Trading, a newly formed alliance between business aviation specialist Jet Aviation and broker JetCraft Corporation, is here at the Dubai Airshow introducing its aircraft transaction coordination services to prospective Middle Eastern customers. At Jet Aviation Dubai’s FBO, sales director Hardy Bütschi is now the local point of contact for aircraft sales and acquisition services, the company said.
Business must be good for Smart Aviation, the Cairo-based air charter operator formed earlier this year with a single Cessna Citation Sovereign. The evidence lies with an order the company has placed with Cessna for five more Sovereigns in a deal valued at around $80 million.
UK-based logistics company All Metal Services (AMS) has turned its attention to China and India as it expands its operation to supply metallic raw materials beyond its existing bases in the UK and France.