Jordanian executive charter provider Arab Wings (Booth No. 666) arrived in Geneva this week anticipating yet another new addition to its growing fleet–a Citation CJ1+ based in Amman–by June or July. The former subsidiary of Royal Jordanian Airlines earlier this year took a new Gulfstream G450, and plans to see its fleet expand to 13 airplanes by 2012.
XOJet, the San Carlos, Calif.-based on-demand charter company with a fleet of Cessna Citation Xs, said today at EBACE that it has secured $2.46 billion in financing to fund a plan to expand further both in North America and internationally.
A helicopter owned and operated by U.S. oilfield developer Hunt Corp. made a forced landing at the airport in the Yemeni city of San’a after suffering damage from ground fire encountered shortly after takeoff. Medical workers at the airport said one passenger suffered bruises, but there were no other casualties.
The Mitsubishi MRJ might have attracted its most powerful project partner yet, as Japan’s Toyota Motor Company contemplates a major investment in the two-aircraft regional jet series. According to Japan’s Asahi newspaper, Toyota plans to invest 10 billion yen ($96.8 billion) in the MRJ, scheduled for industrial launch within weeks. Under the partnership, Mitsubishi will retain a 60-percent stake in the company.
Investors from the United Arab Emirates are trying to purchase a majority share of financially troubled would-be jet manufacturer Sino Swearingen Aircraft, according to a news report published by Taiwan’s Central News Agency. However, the buyout plan might be subject to Taiwanese government approval following a planned presentation
Bombardier Regional Aircraft’s Middle East sales force saw years of persistence bear fruit this month as the company landed a firm order for six CRJ900s from the Government of Iraq and another for eight CRJ700s from Yemen’s Felix Airways.
Eurocopter has denied a report in the March 7 Washington Times that it sent spare parts to Iraq for its Gazelle military helicopters. A Eurocopter spokesman told AIN that since August 1990, the Marseilles, France-based helicopter manufacturer has “strictly observed the terms of United Nations resolution 661,” embargoing the export of military goods to Iraq.
The relaunched Singapore Airshow will stage its first event at a brand-new venue from February 19 to 24.
United Arab Emirates-based Prestige Jet has signed an agreement to provide EMS flights for Flight Ambulance International (FAI). The company will operate a fleet of Bombardier Learjet 55s from bases in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. FAI is based in Nuremberg, Germany, and provides evacuation flights out of Africa. The Middle East is a growing part of its business, already accounting for 8 percent of operations.
GE Aviation and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding for global cooperation.
As part of the agreement, GE and DAE will collaborate in several areas related to the commercial aerospace industry based on their respective competencies and capabilities which, among other interests, include assisting DAE in the development of MRO capabilities.