Peter Shaw-Smith
Contributor - Middle East

Contributor - Middle East

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Charter & Fractional

ASM Eyes Aircraft Management Portfolio

The company owns three aircraft

Air Arabia Orders 240 Leap-1A Engines

Leap engines have logged 40 million flight hours and 18 million cycles
CFM Leap-1A engine

ARC Resurrects the Avian Pegasus Gyroplane

ARC will begin Pegasus test flights in early 2024 at its facility in Cranfield, UK
ARC Aerosystems' Lynx P9 compound rotorcraft.

DHC Supplies Advantage Air With Dash 8-400 Kits

Cargo operators take advantage of the Dash 8-400's versatility
Advantage Air and DHC deal Dubai Airshow 2023

Eve Air Mobility Eyes Bangalore as Launchpad for India Operations

India's massive population makes for an deal backdrop
Eve Air Mobility's eVTOL aircraft could operate in the Indian city of Bangalore.

Diamond's First Middle East Customer Takes DA50 RG

The aircraft's diesel engine burns much less fuel than typical piston airplanes
Diamond deal at Dubai Airshow 2023
Charter & Fractional

Empire Aviation Sees Revenues Double since Pandemic

Aircraft management, aircraft sales, charter, and CAMO are thriving
Empire Aviation
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Empire Aviation Selects Satcom Direct Connectivity Solution

Satcom to be Installed on a Bombardier Global XRS
Satcom Direct Empire Aviation

First Middle East Customer Takes DA50 RG

Aircraft considered ideal for GA pilots
Diamond deal Dubai Airshow 2023
Maintenance and Modifications

Emirates Invests $950 Million In Dubai Maintenance Facility

The new MRO basis could support third-party carriers as well as the Emirates fleet
Emirates new maintenance facility at Dubai World Central
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Satcom Direct Steps Up Satellite Connectivity Services

The satcom system runs on the FlexExec high-throughput satellite network
Satcom Direct Dubai Airshow 2023
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Aerospace Xelerated To Speed Up Incubator Process

The effort will attempt to fund 10 start-ups per year
Aerospace Xelerated Summit on November 9, 2023 in Dubai (Credit-AX)

AirBaltic Places Firm Order for Thirty A220-300s

The first Airbus A220-300 delivery will happen in 2026
Airbus AirBaltic order

Saudi Arabia’s Airport Plans Challenge Regional Status Quo

Goldman Sachs says the Saudi government is budgeting up to $50 billion for the construction of King Salman International Airport
King Salman International Airport Masterplan, Saudi Arabia

Bombardier Underlines Commitment to SAF

The airframer marks a one-year SAF agreement with Signature Aviation
Bombardier at Dubai Airshow 2023

Air BP Helps Inaugurate Newest India Airport

Company serves as a sustainability sponsor at the Dubai Airshow
Air bp-Jio, India team members

High Hopes and Conflict Concerns Mark Dubai Show Opening

Orders from Emirates and Turkish airlines could be on the cards at Dubai Airshow
UAE’s Al Fursan (Knights) MB-339As and an Emirates Airbus A380
Maintenance and Modifications

Sanad Completes MRO Process on First Leap Engine for Flydubai

CFM holds a worldwide backlog of more than 10,000 Leap engines
Sanad CFM Leap facility

Qatar Airways Enters New Era as Al Meer Takes Helm

Akbar Al Baker's retirement after 27 years opens door for new generation of leadership
Retired Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and new CEO Badr Al Meer
Training and Workforce

Emirates to Expand Pilot Training By 54 Percent in 2024

The PilotsGlobal platform has processed 22,000 pilot referrals across Middle East vacancies.
Nimrod Meuleman at the Emirates CAE Training center
Maintenance and Modifications

Refurbishment Programs Drive Need for Third-Party MRO Help

Aging airliner fleets are driving growth in maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the Middle East region
Turkish Technic and the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

Middle East Airline Fleet Replenishment Slowed By Program Delays

Today, 795 Airbus aircraft fly in service in the Middle East region compared with 727 for Boeing.
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

Dubai Still In Pole Position As Gulf's Core Business Aviation Hub

Service providers and operators see more opportunities for UAE growth and also in Saudi Arabia
Master plan for Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Al Maktoum International Airport
Training and Workforce

Building a Diverse Workforce—the Seeds of Change

Aviation groups are trying to break through diversity walls
Diversity graphic

Hadid Optimistic of Continuing Growth in Bizav Flight Support

Dubai-based group expects to meet 2023 productivity goals if current market conditions continue.
Jacqueline Simmons with Hadid Colleagues at the 2022 NBAA Show.
Training and Workforce

NGPA at Forefront of Industry's Struggle for More Diversity

The NGPA claims to have 5,000 active members and 11,000 supporters in its network.
NGPA event
Maintenance and Modifications

Lufthansa Technik Hangars Full as Demand Grows

Design work underway for VIP versions of the widebody Boeing 777-9
LHT Boeing BBJ completion

Jetex To Officially Open Al Bateen FBO in November

Despite the company’s progress in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia remains the glittering prize
Jetex Abidjan
Charter & Fractional

UAS: Part 91 and International Bizav Traffic to U.S. Growing

Company sees an ‘exceptionally promising’ outlook for 2024
Omar Hosari, UAS CEO, with UAS team at EBACE 2023 (Credit UAS)