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  • MEBA shows surge heralds bizav recoveryby Matt Thurber

    The fourth Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show is off to a strong start, with exhibitor numbers climb-ing more than 40 percent from 2008 and registered vis-itors topping the 7,000 mark, up from 5,500. But this could be the shows last staging here

    in Dubai for the time being, with plans being made to relo-cate the event to another prime location in the Arabian Gulf.

    Alison Weller, managing director of show organizer F&E Aerospace, which is producing the show for the Middle East Business Aviation Association

    (MEBAA), said 53 aircraft are on display in the static park next to the Dubai Airport Expo and MEBA is now the third larg-est business aviation show in the world, behind the annual NBAA and EBACE shows in the U.S. and Europe, respec-tively. This year, there are 338 exhibitors from 33 countries, up from 250 in 2008.

    The business aviation mar-ket has climbed in the past two years, too, she said, with the Middle East fleet growing to 450 turboprops and jets, up

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    Dubai DECEMBER 7, 2010 Vol. 42 No. 29

    Rizon, Al Jaber and Comlux add ACJsMiddle East operators Rizon, Al Jaber and Comlux are increasing the size of the local fleet of Airbus Corporate Jetliners. Page 10

    Falcon owners offered new-look cabin optionsJet Aviation is introducing a trio of cabin makeover designs to freshen up the look of Dassault Falcon 2000 jets. The three options have been dubbed classic, fashion and style. Page 20

    Middle East FBO expansion boosts bizavNew FBOs are opening around the region to meet the demand for high-quality ground support, but soft traffic levels in some locations have put the squeeze on revenue streams. Page 21

    Dassault sees demand for jets bouncing backThe latest prognosis from Dassault Aviation for the business jet market in the Middle East points to a recovery in orders for new aircraft. Page 37

    Local charter market is now on the mendAfter being hit by the financial crisis, demand for private charter flights in the Middle East is bouncing back, but excess capacity and unsustainable rates are taking their toll. Page 42

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    On the eve of the 2010 MEBA show, 53 aircraft had assembled on the static display here at the Dubai Airport Expo site. Thats slightly fewer than at the last event in 2008, but there is no shortage of novelty for show goers to enjoy, such as Embraers new Legacy 650 aircraft, two of which are being shown for the first time in the Middle East this week. Major manufacturers all agree that new aircraft sales are once again picking up, after relatively soft demand over the past year or two.

    ExecuJet forges alliance in Qatar market hotspotby Charles Alcock

    ExecuJet Aviation is to set up a new charter and air-craft management operation in Qatar in a bid to expand its footprint in the growing Middle Eastern market. Yesterday, the company sealed an agreement with Doha-based Al-Faisal Holdings, which will be its local partner in the new venture.

    The business aviation ser-vices group has already begun the process to apply for an air operators certificate (AOC) in Qatar. The new ExecuJet Qatar operation should be up and running before the end of the first quarter of next year. The first aircraft in its new charter/management fleet is

    expected to be a Bombardier Global 5000.

    According to Mike Berry, managing director of Execu-Jet Middle East, the new oper-ations next step will be to build an FBO in Qatar. This will be located at the New Doha Inter-national Airport, which is due to open in July 2011.

    We have long been keep-ing an eye on Qatar as one of the next hot spots for business aviation in this region, Berry told AIN. In addition to its long-established base in Dubai,

    New jets flock to ME fleets

    The Middle Easts busi-ness aircraft fleet is getting back into growth mode. As the 2010 MEBA show pre-pared to open, local manage-ment companies are expecting to bring new aircraft into ser-vice and there is strong possi-bility of further orders being announced in Dubai this week.

    Yesterday, Doha-based Rizon Jet confirmed that it has been chosen to operate a new Airbus Corporate Jetliner on behalf of an owner in the Arabian Gulf region. This will be the largest

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    Airbus v-p executive and private aviation Francois Chazelle, left, and Patrick Enz, CEO of Rizon Jet.

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  • GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

    Valery GerGieV

    Leadership knows many stages. For Valery Gergiev, the first as conductor of orchestras. Time and again

    he stands alone and leads symphonies and artists of great genius that stir the soul. He took to his

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    promotes his White Nights Festival and Foundation as a channel for international peace.

    As testament to his outstanding leadership, Bombardier* is proud to support Valery Gergievs White Nights Festival and Foundation.

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    Valery GerGieV

    Leadership knows many stages. For Valery Gergiev, the first as conductor of orchestras. Time and again

    he stands alone and leads symphonies and artists of great genius that stir the soul. He took to his

    second lifes calling with equal dedication. To contribute to his vision of global harmony, Valery Gergiev

    promotes his White Nights Festival and Foundation as a channel for international peace.

    As testament to his outstanding leadership, Bombardier* is proud to support Valery Gergievs White Nights Festival and Foundation.

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  • Market outlook sees recovery via diverse emerging marketsby Charles Alcock

    Leading business aircraft manu-facturers are starting to take some encouragement from improving mar-ket conditions and more than ever are counting on emerging markets like the Middle East to give them the momen-tum the beleaguered industry needs to achieve a full-blown recovery.

    However, according to the latest Bombardier market forecast figures, the Middle East shows less growth potential than most of the much-vaunted econo-mies of the so-called BRIC countriesBrazil, Russia, India and China.

    In Bombardiers latest projections, the Middle Eastern fleet will increase from 335 aircraft in 2009 to 730 by the end of 2019representing a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent, which is lower than what the Canadian airframer sees for China (20 percent), India (13 percent) and Russia/CIS (11 percent). This level of growth is about the same as Europes, and more than that in the whole of Latin America and North America.

    The market penetration rate for Mid-dle Eastern countriesas defined by the collective value of business aircraft deliv-ered here as a percentage of combined gross domestic product (GDP)has remained relatively low, according to the Bombardier figures. It stands at just 0.22 percent in 2010, which is up only slightly on the 0.17 percent recorded in 2000.

    Addressing Quaynotes Future of Business Aviation Conference in Lon-don last month, Barry MacKinnon, Bombardier Business Aircrafts direc-tor of market development, said the Middle East is a more mature market than the BRIC states. However, access to it for Bombardier and its rivals is far less impeded by issues such as regula-tory restrictions on operating aircraft and inadequate infrastructure.

    Hawker Beechcraft also sees salvation in business aviations new marketplaces. The drivers of demand are slowly and pain-fully returning, said Sean McGeough, the U.S. manufacturers president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, refer-ring to improvements in GDP, the number of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and their total wealth, and foreign invest-ment. These factors are all stronger in the emerging markets, he concluded, while maintaining that overall order backlogs for new aircraft are stabilizing (with fewer can-cellations and deferrals) as the