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ExecuJet Middle East expands fleet to meet demand

Posted: 12 November 2003

Leading business jet company provides “on-demand aviation” in the region with acquisition of intercontinental and special mission aircraft

ExecuJet Middle East, a leading business aviation services company and part of the global ExecuJet Aviation Group, today announced the expansion of its fleet in the region, with the addition of two leading-edge aircraft – the Bombardier Global Express and the Pilatus PC-12 – as part of its ongoing strategy to support Clients’ needs for more flexible flight options in the Middle East.

The new aircraft supports ExecuJet Middle East’s vision for “on-demand aviation,” where executive travellers can fly to a wider number of destinations, on a timetable of their choosing, and reap the rewards from the greater productivity, security and privacy provided by business jets compared to scheduled commercial flights.

“Our new airplanes offer our Customers a wider range of executive travel options and increase the level of flexibility we can offer them,” said Horm Irani, Managing Director, ExecuJet Middle East.

“Progressive organizations can no longer afford to stick to the limited options provided by traditional commercial aviation – they need aviation services that offer intercontinental and intra-regional travel options, with the level of efficiency, privacy, and comfort that modern organizations expect in every other aspect of their activities,” added Irani.

The aircraft, to be delivered to the aviation services company’s headquarters in Dubai International Airport over the next few weeks, provide ExecuJet’s diverse Customer base with a range of new flight opportunities, and doubles the company’s overall charter passenger capacity.

By offering a range of jet types and sizes, executives at ExecuJet are confident they are offering the widest possible choice to customers. In addition to expanded charter services, the company is also considering a number of “special mission” services with the new aircraft.

ExecuJet Middle East is currently in discussion with a number of potential partners about the potential of deploying its aircraft to support medical evacuation services, search and rescue, and other specialist areas.

The new airplanes add an extra dimension to the company’s robust product offerings within the Middle East, where it already operates a Bombardier Learjet 60 mid-size business jet and a Challenger 604 wide-body business jet. The new Global Express will be the largest business jet that the company manages in the region.

“The Global Express is an ultra long-range, high-speed business jet, capable of supporting groups of up-to-sixteen business passengers, and ideally designed for long haul flights across and outside of the region,” commented Irani.

“Following ongoing dialogue with our Customers this year, we recognized there was strong demand for a business jet of this size and passenger capacity in the Middle East, and realized the strong business case for making this investment.”

ExecuJet’s Swiss-built Pilatus PC-12 integrates a single turboprop engine into an aerodynamically advanced airframe, and provides executive-level transportation in spacious, pressurized cabin comfort. The plane is ideally suited for “special mission” aviation offerings, such as medical evacuation and oil spill prevention.

“Aviation is a rapidly-growing area of interest in the Middle East, and more and more businesses are looking for services that can enable their frequent-flying managers and sales representatives to travel faster, with a wider choice of destinations and on a timetable of their choosing,” commented Irani. “By expanding our fleet with these two very different and top-of-their class aircraft, we’re ensuring that organizations can enjoy on-demand, direct flights both within the Middle East, and to international destinations outside of it.”

About ExecuJet Middle East
ExecuJet Middle East was established in 1998 and is based at Dubai International Airport.

The company provides a complete set of aviation services associated with the sale, operation, management, charter and support of modern high-technology business jets, serving Customers throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

ExecuJet specialises in the sale and support of business aircraft to suit most mission profiles. The company is the official sales and distribution agent for Bombardier’s entire range of Learjet business jet aircraft in 10 Middle Eastern countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Bombardier Aerospace is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative aviation products and services for the regional, business and amphibious aircraft markets.

Furthermore, ExecuJet is also an appointed Pilatus distributor for the PC-12 turboprop aircraft in the same sales territory.

In recognition of its highly professional aviation service standards and products, ExecuJet Middle East was the first independent business aviation service provider to have received an air operators’ certificate from the UAE civil aviation authority. Under this certification, ExecuJet operates and manages a selection of aircraft for charter including a Bombardier Learjet 60 mid-size business jet and a Challenger 604 wide-body business jet.

ExecuJet Middle East, in partnership with Bombardier Aerospace, expect to complete construction of a dedicated aircraft service centre and spare parts depot at Dubai International Airport in early 2004. This joint venture is unique in that Bombardier (as an Original Equipment Manufacturer) and ExecuJet (as a service provider) will be the first to offer full representation and support in the region.

ExecuJet Middle East is a member of the ExecuJet Aviation Group, a global aviation group of associated companies located in Australia, the Middle East, Scandinavia, South Africa & Switzerland, providing a comprehensive range of services including aircraft sales, charter, maintenance, flight operations, aviation services & fleet management. Globally, the ExecuJet Aviation Group represents the entire Bombardier Aerospace portfolio of products in more than 30 countries worldwide, and currently manages more than 80 executive jets.

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