Middle East-based flight support group Nexus Flight Operations Services is preparing to set up an operation in India. Nexus India is being established through a partnership with Mumbai-based Sovika Airline Services, which has been involved in aircraft handling and airport support for more than 20 years.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has slapped a $3.3 million penalty and fine on New Delhi-based Bharat Hotels for not paying customs duty on the Embraer Legacy 600 it imported for charter services in 2009.
Southeast Asia is increasingly being identified as the continent’s next aviation hot spot, based on annual economic growth rates there of around 5 to 8 percent. That’s what airliner manufacturers like Boeing are seeing in fast-growing countries like Indonesia, and prospects for business aviation growth appear to be following suit.
After an eventful 2011 that saw double-digit growth in passenger and aircraft numbers, Singapore is working to improve Changi Airport’s customer experience and global connections. “Despite continuing economic uncertainty and environmental factors, we continue to develop the hub,” according to Changi Airport Group (CAG) chief executive Lee Seow Hiang.
Canada’s Manitoba Department of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade (Booth U98) has an exhibit at the Singapore Airshow for the first time to assist small and medium-sized companies look for new or expanded business opportunities.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is scrutinizing approximately 15 Indian companies that it believes are basing their foreign-registered corporate aircraft overseas to evade customs duty and taxes. In particular, the agency has confirmed it is looking at the status of a Boeing 727 owned by the UB Group, Punj Lloyd’s Gulfstream, Essar’s Boeing 737 and Bharat Hotels’ Embraer Legacy 600. Several other corporate jets are also understood to be under investigation.
Regional airline service has been slow to take root in the Middle East, and especially at the entry-level turboprop end of the market. But now, a start-up operator in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is preparing to launch a feeder service to the region’s aspiring hubs in Abu Dhabi and Doha, giving locals the chance to bypass crowded Dubai.
Based in Fujairah, UAE, Eastern Express plans to ferry business passengers into Abu Dhabi and Doha to connect with growing Gulf-based international passenger networks starting during this year’s first quarter.
Abu Dhabi-based Strata Manufacturing, a composite aerostructures company, recently graduated 62 Emirati nationals–60 women and two men–from an intensive 10-month course that provides the students with the core competencies needed to become composite aircraft technicians. The course forms part of a longer 22-month program of study that includes on-the-job training at Strata, Mubadala Aerospace’s advanced composite aerostructures plant in Al Ain.
Gama Aviation opened its new FBO at Sharjah (UAE) International Airport on Monday, making it the sole business aviation handler at the field. The facility, which is open 24/7/365, marks Gama’s move into FBO management for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region. Gama has based a fleet of charter aircraft at Sharjah since 2004. Sharjah’s appeal is its availability of slots and its close proximity to downtown Dubai, Gama said.
According to a Russian source, UTAir has partially resumed Mil Mi-26T flights. On December 20, the operator grounded its fleet of heavy twins for tail-boom inspections after a fatal accident in the Khanty Mansi region–one of UTair’s Mi-26 heavy twins landed hard, rolled and caught fire, killing one crewmember and injuring the other five. There were no passengers aboard.