Lufthansa Technik (Booth No. 744) is continuing to expand both the geographical reach and the range of its support services for VIP and corporate customers. It plans a new joint venture in Abu Dhabi, a growing customer list for its Platinet service and a new service, Integrated Maintenance Support (IMS), designed to relieve operators of regulatory paperwork headaches.
After several months of talks following a few years of incubation, six founding members have formed an association to further the interests of business aviation in the Middle East. Aptly named the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), the new not-for-profit organization, which is incorporated in Dubai, elected li Ahmed Al Naqbi, vice president of finance and administration for Abu Dhabi-based Amiri Flight, its first chairman.
The “tentative” dates for the new Middle East Business Aviation Association’s planned regional convention are tentative no more.
Dubai’s ambitions for its biennial airshow seem to know no limits. Organizers will stage this year’s event in a purpose-built exhibition site at Dubai International
A decade ago, any discussion of the private aircraft market in the Middle East was generally limited to members of the royal families as customers, and the airplanes were for the most part executive/VIP versions of widebody airliners.
The first Middle East Business Aviation Conference (MEBA) is to be held in Dubai on November 19, on the eve of the Dubai Air Show (November 20 to 24). The event is a response to rising levels of interest in business aircraft from a widening prospective client base throughout the region.
The first Middle East Business Aviation Conference will be held in Dubai on November 19, on the eve of the Dubai Air Show (November 20 to 24). Dubai show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions is running the event, which will be hosted by Abu Dhabi-based charter operator Royal Jet. Jack Olcott, president of General Aero and former president of NBAA, will serve as conference chairman.
Pakistan is the latest new market for Bombardier’s Skyjet International fixed-rate executive charter program with the appointment of Karachi-based Princely Jets as its latest operating partner. Princely Jets was set to take delivery of a new Learjet 45 by the end of last month and later intends to add either a Challenger 604 or Challenger 300 to its fleet.
The new Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is jointly promoting the new-format Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference and exhibition with Dubai Air Show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E). MEBA will be staged at the Airport Expo Dubai center in the United Arab Emirates on January 31 and February 1, the venue having been switched from nearby Abu Dhabi.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named the Dubai, UAE, Jet Aviation maintenance center an authorized warranty repair facility for large-cabin aircraft. The addition of the Dubai facility is a result of a new agreement signed recently by Gulfstream that also renews five of Jet Aviation’s business-jet maintenance centers: Basel and Geneva, Switzerland; Hannover, Germany; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Singapore.
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