Clean Jet Aviation (Stand No. 845), a French company that specializes in business jet cleaning, has opened a new base at Bahrain’s Manama Airport. The company said this may be the first of several operations in the Middle East and it claims to be the first in the region to offer comprehensive cleaning services for business jets.
Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC) is redeveloping the Al Bateen military air base as a dedicated business aviation airport. The government-backed company is spending around $55 million to upgrade facilities, which will include two VIP passenger terminals and one VVIP building.
China’s Okay Airways has put into service its first Modern Ark (MA) 60, also known as the Xinzhou-60.The twin-engine turboprop, made by China’s Xian Aircraft Industry Corp. (XAIC) is an advanced version of the Yun-7, which took wing in 1982 and is being phased out. The airplane’s commercial debut with Okay marks the end of foreign-made airplanes’ monopoly in China’s regional jet market.
Lockheed Martin announced on October 7 a $393.6 million contract to supply four C-130J-30 “stretched” Hercules military transports to the Qatar Emiri Air Force beginning in 2011. This comes a few months after the Qataris signed a deal to acquire from Boeing two C-17s, which will be delivered next summer. Currently the QEAF has no tactical/strategic airlift capability, so the new purchases signal a dramatic change in air force doctrine.
The Quebec Superior Court in late August granted Kuwait Airways a seizure order for 10 Bombardier CRJ900s ordered by the Iraqi government for Iraqi Airways. The order comes as Kuwait continues efforts to collect reparations for damages caused by Iraq during the first Gulf War.
Gulf VIP, an event for the Middle East’s ultra-rich that promotes executive jet interiors to the “the lucrative markets of Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia” is scheduled for March 4 to 6 in the Persian Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain. Organized by the French firm Business Conventions International (BCI), Gulf VIP will also feature interiors for yachts and exotic cars with $100,000+ price tags.
The conflict between Russia and Georgia is reverberating at Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft, which in late June temporarily moved its sole Epic Elite Jet prototype to partner Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing’s (TAM) facility in Georgia for demonstration and marketing purposes. The two companies formed a joint venture several years ago to develop the eight-seat Tam-Air Elite Jet for the Russian and CIS markets.
Jet Aviation has implemented an online registration system for aircraft planning to visit any of its worldwide locations, including Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Düsseldorf, Germany; London Biggin Hill, UK; Singapore; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bedford, Mass.; Dallas; Teterboro, N.J.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. Aircraft operators can reserve aircraft services, hotel rooms, ground transportation and catering online at www.
Farnborough International Limited (FIL), organizer of the Farnborough International airshow, will collaborate with the Kingdom of Bahrain on a new show to be held in January 2010. The Royal Bahrain Air Show will take place over three days at the Sheikh Isa Airbase in Bahrain.
Middle East FBO activity is accelerating, with a United Arab Emirates company planning to build an FBO at the new Al Maktoum International Airport and an Abu Dhabi company announcing plans to convert a former military airport into the region’s first dedicated executive airport.