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December 6, 2006, 1:16 PM

Demand for the Pilatus PC-12 pressurized business/utility single turboprop remains at unprecedented highs. Pilatus reached the delivery milestone of 500 aircraft in January, 10 years after the program started.

December 6, 2006, 1:13 PM

An undisclosed Saudi Arabian company has ordered a VIP-configured Airbus A340-200. The aircraft, renowned as the world’s longest commercial airliner, is to be delivered green by the end of 2006 and sent for outfitting to an s-yet-unannounced completions center.

December 6, 2006, 1:12 PM

Amman, Jordan-based executive charter operator Arab Wings has taken delivery of a new Cessna Citation XLS jet. The first aircraft of its type in the Middle East, the XLS has joined a fleet that already consists of a Bombardier Challenger 604 and a Raytheon Beech King Air 200.

December 6, 2006, 1:11 PM

Executive charter operator Cirrus Middle East has joined forces with flight planner Universal Weather & Aviation to open a new FBO at Lebanon’s Beirut International Airport. The partners are the first company to apply for Lebanon’s new general handling certificate.

December 6, 2006, 1:11 PM

Charter operator Bahrain Executive Air Services Co. (Bexair) is announcing the launch of a new aircraft financing operation here at the show.

December 6, 2006, 1:09 PM

The rapid growth of Abu Dhabi-based executive charter group Royal Jet paints a vivid illustration of the pace of business aviation expansion in the Middle East.

December 6, 2006, 1:06 PM

Perhaps contrary to the impressions of outsiders, flying business aircraft into and within the Middle East is not difficult. At least that seems to be the consensus of those who arrange planning and handling for international flight operations in this part of the world.

December 6, 2006, 1:03 PM

According to Universal Weather, ground handling in the Middle East has improved, driven by increased traffic and expectations of higher levels of service. Dubai, which serves a higher volume of business aviation traffic than most other Middle East destinations, remains the standard bearer.

December 6, 2006, 1:02 PM

The idea of aircraft fractional ownership took some time to germinate in the Middle East. But the seed NetJets Middle East planted in 1999 has now started to bear fruit, according to company president Mohammed Al-Zeer.

December 6, 2006, 1:00 PM

Analysis of the national aircraft registers of Middle Eastern countries gives the strong impression that next to no private or corporate flying happens in the region.