MEBAA Show brings global private and business aviation industry together

[Dubai World Central, December 9, 2014] MEBAA Show – Middle East Business Aviation – is buzzing with business deals and world firsts, as companies choose the Dubai World Central event to reveal products and services never seen elsewhere.

Global heads of business aviation representative bodies gathered at Middle East Business Aviation (MEBAA Show) at Dubai World Central today, to discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Kurt H. Edwards, Director General of the International Business Aviation Council heaped praise on the work of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association, (MEBAA).

Edwards, addressing attendees of the sixth biennial event, said the “enthusiastic” work of MEBAA – including lobbying regional governments and getting authorities and regulators to work together with the regional representative association – was the sort of activity he'd like to see replicated worldwide.

Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association, told delegates “This is the first time we have gathered global business aviation associations together here in the Middle East and hold the Business Aviation Around the World panel. This is a chance for us to hear information important to the Middle East region, and discuss the challenges in every market.” He said a number of regional authorities had issued waivers for business aviators; in order to meet the demand for their services across the region, while MEBAA fights against grey market operators and for dedicated business airports in every MENA city.

In addition to the panel discussions, business continues to boom at MEBAA. Honeywell Aerospace is enjoying an enormous amount of interest on its stand, which features a world-first 3D cockpit and cabin visualisation suite, enabling visitors to experience the US-headquartered company's technology solutions in an immersive environment.

Spokesman Chris Martin said: “We wanted to showcase our products in as interesting ways as possible, and try to present our components – that the public don't necessarily see – in new, compelling ways.”

Martin reveals that as a result of its MEBAA experience, Honeywell Aerospace has secured three deals at the show. Construction and facilities management giant Saudi Oger has signed with Honeywell Aerospace as its first Boeing Business Jet avionics maintenance plan customer in the Middle East.

Another deal, with “an undisclosed Middle East-based Boeing Business Jet operator” is as its first Auxiliary Power Unit Maintenance Plan customer. Honeywell’s Auxiliary Power Unit Maintenance Plan (AMP) is an aftermarket warranty programme for Boeing Business Jets (BBJs), all of which come with Honeywell’s 131-9B Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) as standard on Boeing 737NG aircraft.

Honeywell’s third MEBA deal is with US-based aircraft modification centre, GDC Technics, to bring its JetWave satellite communications system to in-service Boeing and Airbus airplanes.

Dutch firm Fokker Services, a VIP completions and refurbishments company, is bringing clarity to the aerospace industry with the unveiling of its ground-breaking 'SkyView' window at MEBAA for the first time.

Ruud van Brandwijk, proposal manager, says: “The new window is as wide as three conventional aircraft windows on a next generation Boeing 737, and 30 per cent taller. We will have it installed on BBJ aircraft by Q4 next year, and at MEBAA we have had a great deal of interest, with Airbus spending a lot of time on our stand.

UAS International Trip Support has attended every MEBAA since its inception 12 years ago, but Ilham Chehlaoui, marketing manager, says the 2014 edition is the UAE-headquartered company's best event to date, with an enormously positive atmosphere within the exhibition hall.

“We have around 30 representatives here, all doing business with clients old and new. Our bigger stand is part of our global expansion strategy, which this year has included opening a number of new offices across the world.”

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