German business jet operator DC Aviation (Stand No. 4) has declared its intention to increase its presence in the United Arab Emirates as part of an international expansion, which will also include establishing an FBO in Malta “in the next 12 months.” This will build on its existing activity on the Mediterranean island, where it claims to be “the only dedicated business jet handling company.”
The Emirates Group
Despite a dour world economy, organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show, which runs this Sunday through Tuesday in Dubai, expect to exceed last year’s $907 million record as global investors from 29 countries vie for a slice of the region’s growing charter market. Current forecasts predict 15-percent annual growth rates for business aviation in the Middle East over the next five years.
The Emirates-CAE Flight Training center located alongside the Emirates Aviation College here in Dubai is benefiting from a strategic location, a sound local market and a partnership between local airline and Canadian training specialist that seems to be working well.
Two pilots and five passengers aboard an Aerogulf Bell 212 died September 3 when their helicopter crashed onto the oil drilling platform Resilient off the coast of Dubai. The crash, which occurred on takeoff from the rig, triggered a post-impact fire and caused the helicopter to break up and fall into the sea, according to Petrofac, the operator of Dubai’s offshore oil fields, and the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority.
Singapore Airlines last Thursday took delivery of its sixth Airbus A380. The airplane arrived in Singapore at 8:23 a.m. local time, following a ferry flight that took off from the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, a day earlier.
Heralding a new generation in passenger travel to the U.S., Emirates Airline’s first Airbus A380 arrived at New York’s JFK International Airport at approximately 4:40 p.m. on August 1, concluding the mega jetliner’s first commercial flight to the U.S.
Speaking on the sidelines about FlyDubai’s order announcement for 50 Boeing 737-800s on Monday, Emirates Airline deputy chairman Maurice Flanagan made it clear that his airline hasn’t suffered from the business woes about which other airlines are complaining. “There has been no downturn whatsoever,” said Flanagan here at Farnborough. “We have exceeded our revenue forecast. It is an exciting situation.”
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.
The 2003 Paris Air Show, held June 15 to 22, opened against a backdrop of bitter transatlantic political disputes over France’s opposition to the U.S.-led Iraq War and the future of the Middle East. It ended with carriers from that region providing the whole aerospace industry with a welcome financial shot in the arm by placing multi-billion-dollar orders for new airliners.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Capital plans to acquire ten Boeing 747-8Fs and eight 777Fs from Emirates Airline in a split purchase and leaseback agreement that will increase its lease portfolio to 49 aircraft. DAE Capital has 200 Airbus and Boeing aircraft on order for delivery during 2010-13