MEBA's first day marked with wide-ranging global business announcements; stamping event's importance on global business aviation calendar

[Dubai World Central, December 8, 2014] The exhibition hall and static display chalets at MEBA – Middle East Business Aviation – were buzzing by the end of the first day of the three-day event, being held at Dubai World Central until Wednesday, December 10.

Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association, MEBAA, says: “As we anticipated, many of the world's leading players have come here meaning business – and they are revealing purchases, new developments, regional growth and expansion plans or simply local success stories. MEBAA's role as the regional representative organisation for the industry will clearly see it go from strength to strength as we see continuing rapid growth in the region's business aviation sector.”

Boeing Business Jets chose the first day of MEBA – Middle East Business Aviation – to announce the appointment of its new global president, David Longridge, who will take the reins from BBJ stalwart, Capt. Steve Taylor.  Longridge moves from commercial sales, while Taylor is remaining with Boeing, as chief pilot for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Taylor is leaving on a high, with 13 jets on order – the most year-to-date sales in six years.

Around 35 per cent of BBJ's fleet is used in the Middle East. Taylor pointed out the region has more wide-bodied aircraft than any other region, (some 55 per cent of its wide bodied craft are in the Middle East) making it the most important global market for BBJ in terms of dollar sales value.

BBJ also chose the Middle East's largest business aviation event to reveal an order from charter operator, Comlux, for two BBJ Max 8s; the Swiss VIP company's first BBJ order.

Richard Gaona, President and CEO, Comlux, said the two aircraft “give customers the flexibility to fly farther and more comfortably thanks to the lower cabin altitude.”

CAE, the global training provider, took advantage of the large number of visitors at MEBA to announce the expansion of its training network in the Middle East. The company plans to deploy full-flight simulators and training programmes for a range of aircraft including training for the Boeing 747-8 and 787 and Dassault's Falcon 5X; alongside full-gflight simulators for Bombadier, Gulfstream, Bell and Sikorsky, starting in the next 18 months.

CAE is set to deploy a Bombardier Global Vision full-flight simulator at the Emirates-CAE Flight Training Centre in early 2015, adding to its existing network of 16 Level D FFSs across the region.

Embraer Executive Jets President and CEO, Marco Tulio Pellengrini, announced his company's rise to power, with the phenomenal success of the Phenom – there are 500 of these smaller private jets in operation globally. Its portfolio includes the ultra-large Lineage 1000E – on static display at MEBA.

The company also announced delivery of its second Legacy 500 aircraft is to a Middle East customer, in December 2014.

Royal Jet, one of the Middle East's oldest private charter companies, confirmed a raft of new aircraft are joining its fleet, including two Bombardier Learjet 60 XRs and two Global 5000 business jets.

Royal Jet also confirmed it is renewing its collaboration with Boeing; with plans to take delivery of two new Boeing business jets, modelled on the 737-700. The new purchases are part of a fleet upgrade and expansion programme, that will see Royal Jet's fleet increase to 20 by 2020, at a cost of U.S. $700 million.

Meanwhile, Dubai headquartered Hadid International Services, provider of flight support for more than 30 years, revealed ambitious plans to expand its global reach. The company is opening branches in the US, India, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Brazil, South Africa and Ethiopia, bringing its global presence to 19 offices.


For F&E Aerospace, contact: Kate Taylor, PR Manager – T: +971 4603 3300 E: kate.taylor@dubai.aero

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