In just a little more than six years since its founding, the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) has grown from a small regional organization to an influential shaper of business aviation’s future in 23 Middle East and North African countries. Thus far in 2012, MEBAA has added 25 new members, reaching a total of 195 during this year’s MEBA show - the organization’s fifth - which ends today.
Brabus Private Aviation, which was revealed at EBACE in Geneva last May as a new luxury design, completion and management venture, was “launched” here at MEBA 2012 yesterday, coincidentally at 12 past 12 on 12/12/12.
Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (Stand 624) has added a second Embraer Legacy 650 to its aircraft management fleet, which now numbers about 20 aircraft, including two Legacy 600s. Empire’s aircraft management philosophy “helps owners to optimize their investment and protect the long-term value of their aircraft asset,” according to the company, “covering all aspects of the aircraft’s operation, the option of charter and maintenance management.”
Following the acquisition of Goodrich by United Technologies in July, the company was merged with Hamilton Sundstrand to form a new entity: UTC Aerospace Systems (Stand 445). The combined company stands as one of the world’s largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products, providing systems, components and services for a wide range of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft in both military and commercial worlds.
Lagos-based FBO Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN, Stand 420) announced here at MEBA 2012 it has expanded its maintenance operations through its relationship with EASA-certified Maintenance Centre Malta (MCM) and its recent designation as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Here at MEBA yesterday aircraft brokerage Boutsen Aviation (Stand 598) 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”