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.
The Singapore Airshow will retain its world top-three ranking with a 2012 event that will be bigger than any of its predecessors, according to show organizers Experia Events. Covered exhibit space for this year’s show total 50,000 sq m–5 percent bigger than in 2010. Outdoor space spanning 100,000 sq m has been filled with more than 65 aircraft–up from around 50 two years ago.
Gama Aviation opened its new FBO at Sharjah (UAE) International Airport on Monday, making it the sole business aviation handler at the field. The facility, which is open 24/7/365, marks Gama’s move into FBO management for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region. Gama has based a fleet of charter aircraft at Sharjah since 2004. Sharjah’s appeal is its availability of slots and its close proximity to downtown Dubai, Gama said.
The Aircraft Interiors and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Exhibition Middle East is scheduled to open January 31 at the Dubai Airport Expo. Event organizers, F&E Aerospace and Aviation Week, are expecting more than 2,500 visitors.
Andrew Anderson of Cartersville, Ga.-based Aviation Consultants is facing charges of 10 counts of federal conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on charges stating that between approximately September 2009 and June 5, 2010, he attempted to defraud the government of Dubai using fraudulent FAA documents.
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.
Emirates SkyCargo set a company record this past summer when it carried 52.87 metric tons of freight in the belly hold of one of its Boeing 777-300ERs on a flight from Karachi to Dubai. Indeed, the load, consisting mainly of dense perishable meat products and vegetable produce, marked a significant achievement for Emirates during a period of sagging fortunes in the air cargo business.
Calculating the value of business announced during airshows is an inexact science, but as the 2011 Dubai Air Show came to an end last week the combined sales tally for airliners, engines and support contracts looked set to have topped $50 billion. Boeing grabbed the lion’s share of this through a $26 billion deal with Emirates Airline covering 50 of its 777-300ER long-range twinjets and options for 20 more.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has opened an expanded office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) staffed with six employees–a tech rep and five sales, contract and administrative personnel. The field tech rep will coordinate maintenance with ExecuJet in Dubai, Arabasco in Jeddah and Alkon in Cairo.
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.