Not too much has gone right in Iraq lately, but a small Dubai-based company has played an important part in what little has. Skylink Arabia has been quietly making a difference in the reconstruction of the war-torn country by running vital flights into and within Iraq, carrying essential hardware and skilled labor.
Seabird Aviation Jordan (SAJ) plans to place the two-seat, Lycoming O-360-B2L-powered Seeker SB7L-360A aerial surveillance platform into serial production next year. Designed in Australia and assembled in Amman, Jordan, the Seeker on exhibit here at the Dubai drew a purchase order from the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority last year. It also recently has undergone an assessment by the U.S. military and government.
Amman, Jordan-based executive charter operator Arab Wings has taken delivery of a new Cessna Citation XLS jet. The first aircraft of its type in the Middle East, the XLS has joined a fleet that already consists of a Bombardier Challenger 604 and a Raytheon Beech King Air 200. The aircraft fly out of Amman’s downtown Marka International Airport to points within the Middle East and into Europe.
Jordan’s aerospace and defense industry has more than doubled the size of its national pavilion at this year’s Dubai airshow, compared with its presence at the 2003 event. According to Jordan Airmotive marketing manager and organizer of the Jordanian Pavilion, Isam Farhan, companies like his have attracted increasing investment lately.
A 48-seat Embraer ERJ 145 leased by Turkey’s Fly Air on December 9 opened twice-weekly scheduled service to Erbil, the administrative capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Fly Air became the first Turkish carrier to fly regular service into Kurdistan, long at odds with Ankara over its treatment of the Kurdish minority in Turkey.
Royal Jordanian Airlines began flying direct flights to the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniah in northern Iraq last month with one of its recently acquired 70-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops. The scheduled service, inaugurated on June 5, connects Sulaymaniah with the Jordanian capital Amman each Monday and Friday. The flights, which last roughly two hours, supplement Royal Jordanian’s regular service to Baghdad, Basra and Irbil.
Jordan Aircraft Maintenance (Joramco) and Mxi Technologies have announced an agreement to implement the Maintenix system at Joramco’s MRO facility on Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. Specifically, Mxi will provide Joramco with a maintenance software solution that will automate the company’s maintenance operation.
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