MEBA 2012 closed today at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport with a record number of show attendees–more than 7,000, according to show host Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA). There were 34 aircraft on the static display, conveniently located on the ramp just outside doors at the end of the exhibit hall and flanked by major companies’ chalets.
The Middle East is continuing its trend in the growth of new aircraft deliveries, according to data released this week at MEBA 2012 by Hawker Beechcraft, which says it is picking up a good proportion of new orders for turboprops.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) general assembly elected two new board members yesterday and held a workshop for its MEBAA aviation insurance scheme (MAIS). Saudia Private Aviation managing director Wajdi Al Idrissi and Comlux president and CEO Richard Gaona were elected to the association’s board, where they join other industry leaders to promote business aviation in the Middle East.
Charter booking portal Stratajet is signing up an initial group of aircraft operators for system tests that it hopes will lead to a full launch in the second quarter of next year. The company has dropped earlier plans to charge operators to list aircraft in its Stratafleet database and is guaranteeing fixed, all-inclusive charter rates to passengers.
World Fuel Services announced yesterday at MEBA 2012 that Business Aviation Centre Cologne at Germany’s Cologne/Bonn Airport joined its Air Elite Network. Air Elite comprises FBOs that are part of the World Fuel Services global network. While retaining their individual ownership, these FBOs agree to a uniform set of quality standards for service, amenities, facilities, fuel and products.
Qatar Airways’ private jet division, Qatar Executive, received EASA approval to provide maintenance and repair services for Bombardier Challenger 604/605s and Globals. With this certification, Qatar Executive can offer scheduled maintenance, repair and warranty services for European-registered Challengers and Globals at its Doha hub. The new EASA Part 145 certification complements the existing approval from Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority and underpins Qatar Executive’s status as a Bombardier-authorized service facility.
The Gulf region is in need of a sound regional business aviation policy and is suffering from lack of a dedicated regulatory environment, said London-based lawyer Aoife O’Sullivan during a break yesterday from overseeing several business aircraft transaction on the fringes of MEBA 2012 in Dubai.
Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) took another step toward emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday when it received authorization from the bankruptcy court to sell its remaining inventory of Hawker 4000s.
The Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC), a specialist in ACJ VIP cabin completion, has signed a deal with Russia SFD for the first customized package dedicated entirely to ACJ operators. Russia SFD operates two recently delivered ACJs.
Bombardier Aerospace’s Dubai parts depot has moved to a new facility to enhance its aftermarket support for operators flying to Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It allows greater inventory capacity and, as part of a continuing priority to improve competitiveness, and Bombardier says it has reduced prices on many rotable exchanges and a large number of proprietary and non-proprietary new parts.