Rising demand for business aviation in the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is flying in the face of a decline in the West, according to Dubai-based flight support and ground handling provider Palm Aviation. The company is still seeing demand for flights into the Middle East from the U.S. and Europe and has confirmed plans to expand its operations into both Europe and Saudi Arabia.
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ExecuJet Middle East is planning to expand its maintenance capabilities in Dubai with a new maintenance facility at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport. The new airport is just part of the DWC complex, which covers 54 sq mi and includes the airport and residential, golf and business zones.
Al Jaber Aviation, a subsidiary of the Al Jaber Group in Abu Dhabi, today at the Middle East Business Aviation convention in Dubai unveiled details of its entry into the VIP and corporate aviation market by announcing a $1.2 billion investment for the acquisition of 21 corporate jets and bizliners.
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).
Dubai Airports unveiled the new branding of its Executive Flights Centre during the first day at MEBA, and also revealed that part of the first terminal being built at the new Al Maktoum International Airport at Jebel Ali (also known as Dubai World Central) will be reserved for corporate aviation.
Emivest Aerospace’s SJ30 light business jet established an unofficial speed record for its weight class on November 10, flying from London to Dubai in seven hours and seven minutes, including a 41-minute refueling stop in Istanbul, Turkey.
Palm Aviation (Stand No. 1000) plans to invest $11 million in building an FBO at the Al Maktoum International Airport currently being built at Jebel Ali. The flight-support group, headquartered at Dubai International Airport, intends to open the new facility by the start of 2010.
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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.