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  • Airbus launches Gala cabinby David Donald

    Airbus Corporate Jets is launch-ing its new Gala cabin concept for the ACJ330/340 widebodies here at MEBA 2012. The choice of Dubai for the announcement should come as no surprise: the Middle East rep-resents the most important market in the world for widebody business and VIP aircraft.

    Airbus Corporate Jets is see-ing renewed interest in the widebody sector and has launched Gala in response. The concept is applicable to A330 and A340 aircraft, which share a common basic structure, with the cabins between doors two and three being essentially identical. In this

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    MEBA conference tackles gray market, bizavs profile by Peter Shaw-Smith

    The evils posed by the gray market, the disconnect between regional oper-ators and regulators as they attempt to curb it, and the problem of per-ception for business aviation in the Middle East, dominated the discus-sion at the second biennial MEBA

    Conference (MEBAC), which con-vened at the Dubai Marina on the eve of the show.

    The region is still grappling with how to tackle the scourge of the gray market, in which an aircraft operates

    Airports Fixed-base operations Business aircraft Fixed Base Operators Engine technology

    Cautiously forward for DWCGlobal recession may have slowed construction of Dubai World Central, but the plans for a five-runway airport remain in place, and the facility is growing in capacity and traffic. Page 6

    Kingdoms largest FBOSaudia Private Aviation, the business jet division of the Saudi national airline, is preparing to open a new FBO at Jeddah to meet increasing demand as the nations economy booms. Page 12

    HyperMach ups SSBJ specOne of a number of companies working on a supersonic business jet for the future, HyperMach has recently redesigned its SonicStar aircraft, raising the top speed to Mach 4.5. Page 16

    Fujairah eyes VIP operatorsAnother of the UAEs seven emirates joins the race for business aviations attention, drawing on its strong links with the oil & gas and shipping sectors. Page 23

    Silvercrest testing gathers paceSnecma began testing its new Silvercrest engine in September. Intended for the Cessna Longitude, it might also power the eagerly anticipated Dassault Falcon SMS. Page 36

    NEW AIRPORT, NEW VENUE, NEW MEBAAs Dubai grows, business aviation grows. So where better to have the fifth Middle East Business Aviation event than at the new Al Maktoum International Airport? More than 7,000 trade visitors, 385 exhibiting companies and more than 45 aircraft made the journey across the desert to participate.

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  • MEBA 2012 breaks new ground, sets recordsby Matt Thurber

    The Middle East Busi-ness Aviation (MEBA) shows first appearance at the Dubai, World Central aerotropolis Al Maktoum International Airport will doubtless see a record number of attendees, with over 7,000 trade visitors expected, show organizer F&E Aerospace told AIN yes-terday. Those visitors will have opportunities to meet with 385 exhibiting companies and view more than 45 aircraft in the static park, including the

    largest aerial visitor, a VIP Boeing 767 operated by Com-lux. Major aircraft manufac-turers and service providers can be found in the 24 cha-lets organized in a convenient courtyard shape.

    The number of pre-registered visitors had already exceeded 6,000 by the time the MEBA show opened, which is 35 per-cent higher than the pre-regis-tration tally two years ago. And the ranks of journalists doubled to about 250 this year, including

    a bevy of television stations cov-ering the VIPs attending.

    New features for MEBA include a luxury pavilion, where visitors can peruse and purchase valuables such as watches, cigars, jewelry and sunglasses, and a Dubai Duty Free shop. Visitors to Dubai World Central at Stand 650 can see a detailed layout of the zone. And from the static park, attendees can view the under-construction exhibit center where the next MEBA

    show and other aviation exhi-bitions will be held, including the biennial Dubai Air Show.

    For three days you will see business aviation at its best, said Ali Al Naqbi, founding chairman of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (see also full interview, page 9). We look forward to welcom-ing a large number of visitors, from high-net-worth individu-als, regional royalty, VIPs and government representatives to corporate decision-makers. o

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