Dubai World Central (DWC) will hold talks with “several key business jet manufacturers” at the air show in the hope of attracting them to set up shop at its new Aviation City business aviation park.
Dubai-based Emirates Investment & Development (Emivest) yesterday obtained U.S. approval to acquire an 80-percent stake from the Taiwanese government in San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen Aircraft. According to a Emivest spokesman, the deal to buy the manufacturer of the SJ30 light jet will formally close in the next few days.
The Dubai Air Show, held November 4 to 8, demonstrated an abundance of business-as-usual spirit when it opened its doors in the face of a worldwide security crisis and the intensifying war in Afghanistan just 500 mi away to the northeast.
Palm Aviation, the on-demand flight support provider, has announced plans for a new $12 million FBO at the massive urban aviation development project, Dubai World Central Aviation City. The 80,000-sq-ft facility, slated to be the first FBO at the site, is strategically important because of its location next to the world’s largest airport, and will enable rapid solutions for ground handling flight support needs, said the company.
Encore FBO and its financial backers, GTCR Golder Rauner and Platform Partners, finalized the purchase of Landmark Aviation’s Airport Services Division from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise on March 3. The purchase adds 33 FBOs to Encore’s eight, bringing the new chain to 41 facilities, all now branded under the Landmark Aviation name.
Boeing parts and aftermarket services company Aviall (Stand No. N39) has announced it will open a new customer service center in Dubai in the third quarter of this year. The new facility will serve commercial, military and business aviation customers in the Middle East and North Africa, providing support for more than 225 manufacturers of original parts and equipment.
Goodrich has broken ground for a new 110,000-sq-ft MRO facility in Dubai targeting the Middle East, Africa and South Asia markets.
Rapid economic growth in the United Arab Emirates is fueling the expansion of Dubai-based helicopter operator Helidubai. Less than two years after its inception, the company, owned by the government of Dubai, has embarked on a fleet expansion with both passenger and aerial-work aircraft. In addition, it is also striving to help create dedicated heliports and helipads in the burgeoning city.
United Arab Emirates-based Prestige Jet has signed an agreement to provide EMS flights for Flight Ambulance International (FAI). The company will operate a fleet of Bombardier Learjet 55s from bases in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. FAI is based in Nuremberg, Germany, and provides evacuation flights out of Africa. The Middle East is a growing part of its business, already accounting for 8 percent of operations.
GE Aviation and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding for global cooperation.
As part of the agreement, GE and DAE will collaborate in several areas related to the commercial aerospace industry based on their respective competencies and capabilities which, among other interests, include assisting DAE in the development of MRO capabilities.