Business

December 12, 2012 - 11:15am
Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, LEA’s chief executive, and managing director George Galanopoulos

London Executive Aviation, a well-known name in the European charter market, is seeking to expand its operations in the Middle East to help it fill return legs and iron out seasonal variations. To make this move the company looking for a similar local operator, with whom LEA could place one or two of their aircraft.

December 12, 2012 - 9:38am
Scott Plumb, Hawker Beechcraft v-p, jet sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Another step toward Hawker Beechcraft emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy came yesterday when it received court authorization to sell its remaining inventory of Hawker 4000s. As part of its reorganization plan as a standalone company, Hawker Beechcraft is shutting down its business jet line and intends to sell 20 Hawker 4000s “for the best price possible, on an ‘as-is-where-is’ basis, with no warranty or support commitments.”

December 12, 2012 - 9:35am
Jetex president and CEO Adel Mardini

Jetex Flight Support, which provides business aircraft handling services around the world and operates two FBOs in Europe, is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy that could see its FBO holdings triple over the next year, the Dubai-based company revealed today at MEBA 2012.

December 12, 2012 - 9:28am

Today at MEBA, aircraft brokerage Boutsen Aviation announced the sale of its 250th airplane, completed last week. “This is a big achievement for us,” said Thierry Boutsen, president of the Monaco-based sales firm and a former Formula 1 racecar driver who founded the company in 1997 with his wife Daniela. “We’ve sold 50 different models of airplanes in 49 different countries on five continents,” he told AIN. “Our first sale was a Piper Cheyenne II, for $275,000, and our 250th is a VVIP Airbus Corporate Jet, with a value of more than $100 million.”

December 12, 2012 - 7:45am

The Middle East is continuing its trend in the growth of new aircraft deliveries, according to data released here at MEBA 2012 by Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC Chalet A12), which says it is picking up a good proportion of new orders for turboprops.

December 12, 2012 - 4:30am
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group (center), today officially opened the fourth MEBA. To his left is Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of MEBAA; and behind him on his right is Khalifa Al Zaffin, Chairman of Dubai World Central.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, accompanied by dignitaries and government officials, inaugurated the first-ever airshow to take place at Dubai World Central by touring the new airport’s facilities yesterday.

December 12, 2012 - 4:00am
Challenger 605

Bombardier of Canada arrived at MEBA on the crest of a wave, having just landed the biggest order for business aircraft in the company’s history.

December 12, 2012 - 3:45am
Tarek Ragheb, AfBAA chairman

The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), launched at the EBACE this past May, announced at MEBA 2012 that UAE-based flight planning and support service provider Hadid International Services has been selected as the association’s penultimate founding member.

“We are delighted that Hadid has accepted our invitation to become a founding member,” Tarek Ragheb, chairman of AfBAA, told AIN here at the show yesterday. “It is joining an exceptional line-up of inaugural members and brings valuable experience and breadth of knowledge to the table,” he said.

December 12, 2012 - 3:30am

Brazil’s Embraer Executive Jets, manufacturer of the Lineage and Legacy business jet families, has selected Indianapolis-based Comlux Aviation Services, a division of the Comlux Aviation Group, as the first independent Lineage 1000 Authorized Service Center (ASC) in North America. Embraer also bestowed ASC status for the Legacy 600/650 on the maintenance and refurbishment center.

December 12, 2012 - 3:15am
Gulfstream brought a G450 and this G550 to display on the MEBA static park. The number of Gulfstream jets in the Middle East and Africa has increased from 77 to 134 over the last nine years.

Gulfstream Aerospace has come to MEBA on the crest of a wave with deliveries of 104 large-cabin jets forecast by the end of the year, albeit “green” aircraft ready for completion and painting for customers. The company has brought a G450 and G550 to the MEBA static display but was unable to fly a G650 or the new G280 to Dubai, because it is focusing on delivering these new jets to customers.

 
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