Annual passenger demand at Dubai International Airport is set to hit 88.4 million by 2018, triggering the start of major airline operations at the new Al Maktoum International Airport, centerpiece of the multi-phase Dubai World Central (DWC) development at Jebel Ali, 25 miles south of Dubai city center.
Dubai International Airport
A dedicated business aviation facility, Terminal A, opened last month at Moscow Sheremetievo Airport (SVO). The Avia Group-operated facility, the most recent addition to a series of the new terminals completed in Sheremetievo (C, D and E) and reworked ones (B and F), is the first exclusively for business aircraft passengers. The other “lettered” terminals are for mainline airline passengers. The opening of the facility marks the completion of the Sheremetievo major reconstruction process launched in the late 1990s to bring the airport to modern European standards.
Moscow Sheremetievo Airport’s newly built Terminal A–a dedicated business jet facility operated by Avia-Group–is now open, airport general manager Mikhail Vasilenko said this week. This completes the airport’s major reconstruction effort launched in the late 1990s.
According to Vasilenko, Terminal A was built to “high” international standards to secure Sheremetievo as “the best of the premium segment in the business aviation market.”
ExecuJet Aviation has been in the Middle East for the long haul since 1999 and since then it has seen the bizav market fluctuate from boom to flat and now reach a slow climb. It has seen rivals come and go, and ambitious business plans turn to dust.
Like so much of the growth seen in the Middle East, aviation interests have raced ahead at an alarming pace. Super-size airline orders have been practically commonplace, manufacturers of military hardware flock to the region, and business aviation is a natural fit for those who must make themselves mobile on a global scale.
With its rapidly growing route network, long-term expansion plans and emphasis on reduced operating costs, flydubai has to be considered a prime sales prospect for Boeing’s re-engined 737 MAX airliner. The low-cost carrier has held talks with the U.S. airframer about the new design but, for the time being, has not indicated whether it will place an order for it.
With its rapidly growing route network, long-term expansion plans and emphasis on reduced operating costs, flydubai has to be considered a prime sales prospect for Boeing’s re-engined 737 MAX airliner.
According to a recent report by Boeing, the Middle East will need more than 37,000 pilots to fly the aircraft due to be delivered there over the next 20 years. But the region faces a serious lack of adequate training facilities. “Pilot requirements for the Gulf region will grow at a faster rate than local pilots can be trained,” concluded Boeing in its latest pilot and technician forecast.
The third Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived this morning at Dubai International Airport for the Dubai Air Show, which officially starts tomorrow. This is the new model’s first appearance in the Middle East.
Although used in the flight test program, the aircraft has been outfitted with a posh interior to demonstrate the 787’s features.
Organizers expect the 2011 Dubai Air Show to trump the 2009 event in terms of visitors by 4 percent, at just over 55,000. More than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries have booked space for the November 13 to 17 show at Dubai Airport Expo, including first-time participants from Ethiopia, as well as companies from Australia and Japan after a break of several years.