Aviall Services’ new customer service center in Dubai, UAE, officially opened last Thursday. The new aircraft parts facility, located in the Dubai Airport Free Zone and approved by the General Civil Aviation Authority, will serve airline, military and business aviation customers in the Middle East and eventually in Northern Africa.
Bahrain-based Bexair has launched a new company called Aventura Air Center to “own, operate and manage its FBO in Bahrain and expand FBO operations throughout the Middle East and other parts of the world,” according to Bexair. While Aventura will run the FBO, including aircraft handling and fueling at Bahrain, Bexair will remain a charter company.
The inaugural Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS), which will take place Jan. 20 to 23, 2010, was officially launched in Paris yesterday after a host of major aerospace companies agreed to participate in the exclusive chalet-only event.
CAE has sold two full-flight simulators to Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Co., the investment arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain and owner of national carrier Gulf Air. The 7000 Series A330/A340 convertible FFS and 5000 Series A320 FFS, both with the Tropos-6000 visual system, will support the training of Gulf Air pilots. CAE will also provide a suite of support services over the next 10 years.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is threatening to pull the plug on a contract for up to 60 Boeing 787s due to what appear to be serious objections to the way the long-delayed program is being handled.
Organizers of next year’s Singapore Airshow are here in Paris (Chalet D226) pressing for a sell out for the Feb. 2-7, 2010 event. So far, 90 percent of its exhibit space has been sold. They anticipate more than 700 exhibitors will attend, including 60 of the world’s top 100 aerospace firms.
Russia’s defense industry is looking both to compete and cooperate with its western European counterparts as it bids to expand its international customer base.
ahrain-based charter operator Bexair has been granted an aircraft operator’s certificate in Saudi Arabia. The company established a subsidiary in Riyadh last year and it is now aiming to secure long-term charter contracts from Saudi customers.
Abu Dhabi-based executive charter operator Prestige Jet this week became the latest business aviation company to sign up as an exhibitor at the new Bahrain International Air Show to be held in the Arabian Gulf state next year (January 21-23).
Arab Wings has stepped up its expansion plans by taking delivery of a new Bombardier Challenger 605 just before the EBACE show opened. The Jordanian charter operator is also applying for an aircraft operator’s certificate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where it is about to launch a sister company called Gulf Wings from a base in Sharjah.