Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based jet charter company, announced yesterday a decision to completely renew its fleet by 2020. The company has been exploring options with various OEMs for the past 12 months, but is expected to remain a key Boeing Business Jet customer.
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Saudi Arabia’s MRO players are seasoned operators. Alsalam Aircraft Co. (Stand 1718) is one of the two or three leading players in the kingdom and a pioneer in aircraft maintenance, modification and technical support in the Middle East. It carries out corporate, VIP and military work for customers worldwide.
Aviation Partners Boeing last month announced that, after launching on the Boeing 737 NG, split scimitar winglets can now be fitted on the Boeing BBJ family. The new split scimitar winglets offer a significant reduction of drag compared to the non-winglet-equipped Boeings and a noticeable drag reduction for those equipped with Aviation Partners Boeing blended winglets.
Abu Dhabi’s Royal Jet, the commercial luxury private-jet operator, is to issue an RFP for the replacement of six Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) aircraft within the next two months, as it seeks to expand regional charter operations in the Middle East, Africa and beyond.
Amac recently completed its second BBJ 777-300ER for a private customer in the Middle East. The work consisted of a full maintenance C-check and interior modifications such as a newly integrated master bedroom, master en suite and majlis (private seating area).
Completion and maintenance provider Comlux America is expanding into the widebody VIP market. The company will be handling the Airbus ACJ330/340/380 and Boeing 767BBJ/777BBJ/747BBJ. Comlux has focused solely on narrowbody aircraft in the four years since it received the approval from both OEMs as an authorized completion facility. The MRO has already handed over several aircraft completions including an ACJ319, ACJ320, BBJ, BBJ3 and Boeing 757. An ACJ321 is currently in the works.
Air Capital Interiors, a new cabin refurbishment specialist, is open for business in Wichita. Located in a 9,000-sq-ft renovated facility, Air Capital is a partner in the new venture with interior detailing and cabin renovation specialist Appearance Group. Both are located at Colonel James Jabara Airport. “Our core customer will be those maintenance facilities that don’t have interior capability,” said Air Capital president Rodney Wilson.
The Mente Group of Addison, Texas is offering a new aircraft acquisition and completion service called Mente Complete. Under the program, VIP aircraft purchasers will receive integrated assistance in the purchase, design, completion and delivery of used aircraft.
BizJet International announced here at NBAA 2013 that it has shipped its first BBJ from its Tulsa, Okla. facility to China’s Nanshan Group and has now taken delivery of its first Rolls-Royce Tay Mk611-8C engines for midlife inspections.
“We are underway with achieving midlife inspections and correlating test cell for the -8C,” said Criss Berry, vice-president engine services for the company. BizJet will deliver the completed engines to the customer in November.
Ferentino, Italy-based Iacobucci HF is displaying its cabin interior components here this week. The company (Booth No. N4916) has brought its line of customizable cabin seats, including its newest entrée: the VIP Jet Series Double Seat, which is expected to receive EASA and FAA certification by the end of the month.
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