Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation has postponed until next February a long-awaited decision on which foreign airline it will allow to start operating domestic and international services in the country’s highly restrictive air transport market, the agency confirmed last week. Confusingly, GACA spokesman Khalid Al-Khaibary told Arab News the Saudis will grant startup licenses to whatever airline wins within four to six months, even though authorities say they expect flights to begin in April.
The Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA) has said that conditions for importing foreign-manufactured aircraft into the country have become significantly easier, removing one of key remaining barriers to the industry growth in this potentially huge market.
The civil aviation authorities for Aruba and the United Arab Emirates have accepted Rizon Jet Doha as an approved aircraft maintenance organization, extending the Qatar-based business aviation company’s international capabilities.
In 2011, tor the eighth year in a row, the U.S. ranked first among exporters in the value of arms delivered. Helped by a huge sale of F-15s and other weaponry to Saudi Arabia in December, it also dominated in negotiating arms transfer agreements for future deliveries, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS).
Avisa Gulf, a joint venture between Avisa UK and Al Jaber Aviation, has been awarded the first UAE, Middle East and North Africa region airworthiness GCAA Part M Continued Airworthiness and Maintenance Management Organization approval for a private company.
Undaunted by the dominance of its Dubai and Abu Dhabi “big brothers” in the United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah is pressing ahead with plans to put itself on the air transport map. After a badly timed false start at the peak of the recent financial crisis, RAK Airways will have been back in business for two years by the end of 2012, and the emirate’s airport is drawing attention for its wide-open capacity and widebodies-welcome 12,332-foot runway.
Qatar Airways is set to become the first foreign carrier to make lasting inroads into the Saudi Arabian air transport market, in moves that could overturn long-standing restrictions that have made the large and wealthy country something of a sleeping giant.
Recent upgrades to India’s Defense Procurement Policy (DPP) 2011 that are to be incorporated in DPP 2012 could soon allow foreign vendors to buy from Indian companies assemblies that contain foreign content while getting credit for the entire assembly, as long as the content is paid for in rupees.
Raytheon and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based Pannesma have agreed to form a joint venture in the Middle Eastern country to support their command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) defense businesses.
The joint venture agreement, signed here at the Farnborough International airshow, reconfirms the two companies’ 20 years of cooperation and underscores Raytheon’s commitment to support and expand Saudi Arabia’s industrial, educational and technology bases.
With Middle Eastern Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines experiencing exponential growth in the Arabian Gulf, there is a growing requirement for qualified pilots. The Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE) will bring a panel of industry experts together to discuss and debate the pilot shortage in the region.