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.
Cyprus’s Ministry of Justice has ordered two AW139 medium twins for law enforcement and search-and-rescue (SAR) operations. The island nation’s Ministry of Defense had previously ordered three AW139s for SAR and utility-EMS duties, covering the Cyprus flight information region.
Despite sagging economies worldwide, the demand for CRJ200 conversions to executive configuration appears to be gaining momentum. One of the latest CRJ200 sales was by Project Phoenix to Egyptian actor and martial arts professional Yousef Mansour for a 12-passenger version.
After a week’s closure due to an occupation by opponents of the then government, operations resumed at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International and Don Muang airports on December 4. But it remains to be seen whether the resulting loss of confidence in Thailand’s political stability will lead to a decline in the amount of business aviation traffic it receives.
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International and Don Muang Airports are set to reopen on Thursday, following a high court ruling today that might clear the way for Thailand’s political crisis to be resolved.
Falcon Aviation Services is opening a Sikorsky S-76 customer support center in Abu Dhabi, the first in the Middle East. The company is a provider of helicopter charter and maintenance services based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Bell 212, Persian Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 3, 2008–All seven people aboard the Aerogulf Services Bell 212 were killed when the helicopter hit a crane while taking off from an oil rig in the Persian Gulf. The helicopter had flown cargo from Dubai. After unloading the cargo, it lifted off the helipad, hovered and moved backward into the crane.
Avjet has partnered with Executive Aircraft Sales of Abu Dhabi, UAE. The alliance, which expands Avjet’s global presence into Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Moscow, will focus on sales, acquisitions, management and charter operation of large-cabin aircraft, including the BBJ, Gulfstreams and Globals.
Al Jaber Aviation (Stand No. 415) yesterday unveiled details of its entry into the VIP and corporate aviation market and announced a $1.2 billion investment for the acquisition of no fewer than 21 aircraft. The first of its mixed fleet of large-cabin aircraft will enter service in February 2009 and will be based at the AJA initial base at City Airport Abu Dhabi (the former Al Bateen military air base).
New business announced on the first day of MEBA 2008 vastly exceeded expectations with fast-approaching $2 billion worth of new aircraft orders announced in just a few hours yesterday. The sales stampede has set MEBA on course to become the true fulcrum for the world’s fastest growing business aviation marketplace.