Lebanon’s inability to appoint a fully fledged civil aviation authority has led to failures to pass ICAO audits, but has not raised safety concerns about airlines operating within the country, a senior Lebanese civil aviation official told AIN recently in Dubai.
According to Avinode (Stand 212), the Sweden-based aviation business intelligence house and charter marketplace, although Turkey has been experiencing major growth in business aviation in recent times, with an increase of 4.8 percent from January to October, this has now been hit by the effect of the conflict in neighboring Syria.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) hosted the first Jordanian Regional Forum at the Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh on October 8. The agenda for the event, which was sponsored by the Ayla Aviation Academy, included issues such as local restrictions on airspace and airport access, enhancing safety audits, crisis management techniques and reducing so-called gray market, illegal charter activity.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is hosting the first Jordanian Regional Forum at the Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh on Monday. The agenda for the event, which is being sponsored by the Ayla Aviation Academy, will include issues such as local restrictions on airspace and airport access, enhancing safety audits, crisis management techniques and reducing so-called grey-market, illegal charter activity.
Abu Dhabi-based charter operator Royal Jet is taking increasing numbers of bookings for flights into Iraq. Since the 2003 invasion of the country by the U.S. and its allies, the operator has made more than 100 flights into Iraq, including private charters and emergency medical evacuations. Following the 2003 conflict, Royal Jet was the first commercial flight provider to enter the market.
Royal Jordanian Airlines’ new president and chief executive, Hussein Dabbas, is maintaining the carrier’s long-held ambition to become the Middle East’s airline of choice. After 30 years in the airline’s marketing and sales organization, Dabbas brings contrasting experience to that of his predecessor, Samer Majali, an aeronautical engineer who left Royal Jordanian abruptly four months ago to lead troubled Bahrain carrier Gulf Air.
RayaJet and Ayla Aviation Academy advanced their plan to form a new business aviation service group in Jordan and other parts of the Middle East by signing a memorandum of understanding here at the EBACE show yesterday. By the end of this year, the two companies intend to restructure under a single name.
Jordanian charter operator Rayajet has placed firm orders with Bombardier for a Challenger 300 and one of the larger Challenger 605s. Today it plans to announce a strategic alliance with Ayla Aviation Academy, a flight-training provider based in Aqaba, Jordan. The new airplanes will join a Challenger 601 RayaJet currently operates for Middle East clients.
Jordanian executive charter provider Arab Wings (Booth No. 666) arrived in Geneva this week anticipating yet another new addition to its growing fleet–a Citation CJ1+ based in Amman–by June or July. The former subsidiary of Royal Jordanian Airlines earlier this year took a new Gulfstream G450, and plans to see its fleet expand to 13 airplanes by 2012.
Thomas Foley, CEO of Greenville, S.C.-based Stevens Aviation, has been appointed by President Bush to serve as director of private-sector development in Iraq. Foley, 51, will lead a staff responsible for developing and implementing a privatization plan for some 200 state-owned enterprises and managing trade and foreign investments into Iraq. He and President Bush first met in 1974 when both were attending Harvard University.
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