After the third running of the Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS, Stand 1183) this past January was hailed as a success by its organizers, preparations are already being made for the next event in 2016. Hopes are high that it can surpass commercial deals of around $2.1 billion–the 2014 figure that was more than double that of 2012.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association plans to hold frequent regional conferences to stay attuned to its members. Its Middle East Business Aviation Conferences (MEBAC) will be held about four times a year in different countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The inaugural MEBAC will be held on June 4 at the Hilton Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Follow-on regional conferences will be held in Morocco on October 8, Dubai on November 17 and Bahrain on January 15.
Bahrain Air got started close to the onset of the global economic slowdown and has found it hard to escape its grip. Incorporated in 2007 and operating its first flight in February 2008, the carrier has struggled to thrive in the cut-throat arena of the Arabian Gulf’s air transport market.
Privately owned Bahrain Air continues to struggle to establish its place in the Gulf Cooperation Council region, which has a proliferation of flag carriers and no-frills operators. After making its first passenger flight in February 2008, Bahrain Air has seen its passenger count rise to 720,000 in 2010, only to decrease to 640,000 last year, amid the global economic downturn and the internal troubles of its home country.
Nexus Flight Operations Services has announced a joint venture with U.S.-based customer service specialist ServiceElements International (SEI) to offer training courses in the Middle East and Africa. Courses will be conducted in organizational resource management and related topics focusing on the human elements and issues relating to customer service within the aviation industry.
Nexus Flight Operations Services, the Arabian Gulf-based business aviation support group, is extending its operations into Europe. Today at the EBACE, the company announced its new Nexus Europe joint venture with French air transport logistics group Flytrans.
NetJets Europe announced today that it is extending its ferry waiver zone, in which fees on positioning flights are not charged, for flights between 21 “business critical” airports in the Middle East and Europe. The extension will add Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Kuwait to the waiver, which previously included Lebanon and Tel Aviv. The company said it has witnessed “strong growth” in flights to the Middle East in the last few years, with 9.2 percent growth reported last year alone.
Middle East-based flight support group Nexus Flight Operations Services is preparing to set up an operation in India. Nexus India is being established through a partnership with Mumbai-based Sovika Airline Services, which has been involved in aircraft handling and airport support for more than 20 years.
The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Sakhir Airbase is set to host its second Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) early next year (Jan. 19-21, 2012). As of press time, the event was almost completely sold out in terms of exhibit space with just one remaining chalet unit available.
Geneva-based TAG Aviation (Stand 7020) has added new charter and lease options to its aviation services and an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) to its fleet. It also has opened a new regional base in Bahrain to its global network.
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