Business

December 10, 2012 - 8:30am
Royal Jet

Royal Jet, the commercial private jet concern owned by the UAE’s Presidential Flight Authority and Abu Dhabi Aviation, is planning a major fleet expansion in 2013, the year of its 10th anniversary. A defection by the nine-jet company away from Boeing, given that Royal Jet owns the world’s largest Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) fleet–six aircraft–would be a major blow for the U.S. manufacturer.

December 10, 2012 - 8:00am
Embraer Lineage 1000

The Middle East remains the sales sweet-spot when it comes to regions that business jet manufacturers look to for customers despite its relatively small size and the rapid emergence of China, Brazil and other countries where momentum is building. This is true in particular of large cabin jets and corporate versions of airliners.

December 10, 2012 - 7:30am
Legacy 650

As the business aircraft market continues to recover from the industry downturn, AIN took a look at recent forecasts from manufacturers as to where growth may be heading and the factors that are likely to affect it most.

December 10, 2012 - 6:00am
In October, Amac Aerospace delivered the first BBJ 777-200LR–completed for a private customer in the Middle East–to Jeddah-based Aviation Link.

The significant investments in expanding the aircraft completions and maintenance capabilities of Amac Aerospace have surely been made with the Middle East very much in mind.

December 10, 2012 - 4:15am
Developing oil and tourism industries in Fujairah are creating opportunities for the emirate to establish business aviation at its international airport.

Fujairah’s business has traditionally been in cement and mining, but ship bunkering has developed into a major industry, general shipping is thriving at Fujairah and Khorfakkan ports, and plans are in full swing to build an oil refinery, increase tank-farm storage facilities and develop tourism and real estate.

December 10, 2012 - 4:00am

The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), an arm of ADAC created in 2009, and Dubai-based Avtech Middle East, a subsidiary of Avtech Sweden, have partnered to offer training in areas such as performance-based operations, collaborative decision making, airborne CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation and Surveillance for Air Traffic Management), auditing and human factors. The organizations said in a joint press release, “These course stand out as they are linked to real-life operational requirements and best practice and are delivered by highly experienced subject matter experts.”

December 10, 2012 - 3:30am
Global 5000

UAE-based Gulf Wings, sister company of Jordan’s Arab Wings (Stand 627), plans to add two aircraft to its fleet by early 2013 and to move its offices to Dubai World Central (DWC) before the end of next year.

December 10, 2012 - 3:00am
DWC Airport

Construction began on the port at Jebel Ali in 1978, but it wasn’t until around 1985 that the man-made facility–generally recognized as the bedrock of Dubai’s modern-day success–started to fulfill its potential–and the emirate’s knack for turning ideas into world-beating projects shouldn’t be underestimated.

December 9, 2012 - 7:41pm
One of the gargoyles on the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., seems to be a city that is in perpetual crisis. Now the U.S. government is in conniptions over the “fiscal cliff.” Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke coined that metaphor to describe the tax increases and automatic spending cuts that kick in on January 2 unless Democrats and Republicans somehow tame the $16 trillion national debt.

December 7, 2012 - 9:35am

The divided U.S. government edged closer to the so-called the “fiscal cliff,” a combination of tax increases and automatic spending cuts that will be imposed on January 2 unless political parties reach agreement on a package to reduce the country’s $16 trillion national debt. With 25 days remaining before the measures take effect, the parties were at a stalemate.

 
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