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.
RayaJet and Ayla Aviation Academy advanced their plan to form a new business aviation service group in Jordan and other parts of the Middle East by signing a memorandum of understanding here at the EBACE show yesterday. By the end of this year, the two companies intend to restructure under a single name.
Palm Aviation, the Dubai-based flight support provider, has announced the opening of an office in Uzbekistan in the Commonwealth of Independent States. This follows the opening of an office in Miami, Florida, in January 2009. It plans to set up additional offices in Africa and the Middle East before year end.
RayaJet chairman Nader Dajani today explained the thinking behind the Jordanian charter operator’s purchase yesterday at EBACE of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier II light jet. “The Middle East has always been focused on luxury,” Dajani said. “The bigger and fancier, the better. In the U.S., business people work out their cost per hour and decide how they can save money. They are astute. They count dollars before cents.
Organizers of the new Bahrain International Air Show (BIAS) are here at EBACE (Booth No. 481) to convince business aviation companies that the Jan. 21-23, 2010 event could be a strong launch pad for expanding sales in the Middle East. The show is being planned on a limited scale to allow a maximum of 40 participating companies to have exclusive access to high-level buyers and prospective partners in the region.
Asia Jet Partners Limited of Hong Kong has developed its Chartercard program designed specifically for Asia. The company teamed with Metrojet and its parent company, the Hong Kong Aviation Group, because “they have been operating in Asia since 1978 and have established, first-class infrastructure and personnel in place,” Justin Lee Firestone, founder and CEO of Asia Jet Partners Limited told AIN.
Dramatically expanding the country’s airlift capabilities, the United Arab Emirates plans to add Boeing C-17s and Lockheed Martin C-130Js. The country is purchasing four C-17 Globemaster IIIs for AED4.3 billion ($1.17 billion), and 12 C-130Js for AED5.9 billion ($1.6 billion). Financial management of the purchases has been assigned to Al Waha Capital, and deliveries are scheduled for 2012 and 2013.
Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has agreed to design and build the composite flaps, belly fairings, rudders and elevators and the metal slats for the Mitsubishi MRJ, the Japanese company announced in late January.
Bird Air Services of India has signed an exclusive marketing agreement with Swiss company VistaJet Holding to market VistaJet in the Indian subcontinent (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Bird Air Services is a subsidiary of Bird Group, a fast-growing Indian travel conglomerate.
The Gulf region continues to adopt corporate versions of the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jetliner, generically dubbed the Avro Business Jet (ABJ). Next month, the UAE’s Abu Dhabi will take into its Amiri Flight a late-model RJ100 that will join a smaller RJ70. Other ABJs serve with the neighboring Dubai Air Wing, which operates two RJ85s. Bahrain flies a brace of RJ85s and a lone RJ100 that are assigned to its Defence Force.