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Monday, November 19, 2007

Dubai Watch – Eclipse, Cessna/Open/Sky, Embraer, ZAS Z-Aviation Services/ExecuJet Middle East/ Grob Aerospace

Eclipse Aviation Announces Sale to DAE Flight Academy
Eclipse Aviation announced it sold 12 Eclipse 500 jets to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise Flight Academy (DAEFA). The purchase, announced at Eclipse’s debut at the Dubai Airshow, marks Eclipse Aviation's entry into the ab initio flight training market. Delivery of these Eclipse 500s will begin in 2008.
"We are extremely excited that DAE Flight Academy will be using Eclipse 500s for its innovative flight training program," said Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn. "We see tremendous future growth and sales in the ab initio training market for international airlines. The Eclipse 500's built-in reliability combined with the highly-advanced Avio NG total aircraft integration system makes this an ideal training aircraft for the new ICAO Multi Crew Pilot License (MPL) and a great tool to prepare for the airline training."
DAEFA will use the Eclipse 500 to take zero-time pilots and train them in Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA). DAE University plans to open the Flight Academy in March in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah at the site of a former air force base. It will be the first school of its type to use the Eclipse 500 and the program will offer a 12-month course starting every month with up to 400 students in training at any given time. Students will start their training in a Cirrus SR22, progress to an Eclipse 500, and finish with a type rating in a multi-crew jet transport aircraft. DAEFA plans to train thousands of aerospace and aviation professionals to fill the shortage of airline pilots in the Middle East, Europe, India, and North Africa.

Lebanon's Open Sky Aviation Orders Two Cessna Citation Mustangs
Cessna Aircraft Company announced at Dubai that Open Sky Aviation placed an order for two Citation Mustang aircraft. Open Sky Aviation will be the first air charter operator in the Middle East region to offer entry-level business jets. It will begin operating from Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport upon delivery of its first Mustang and will serve destinations including Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
"The Citation Mustang is the perfect aircraft to attract new customers to business aviation,” said Open Sky Aviation Chief Executive Haytham Azhari. “It will be a natural step up for travelers who presently fly scheduled but need better access to destinations across the Middle East. Our business customers will be able to make quick, one-day business trips to Cairo, Amman and Jeddah whilst our leisure passengers will appreciate direct flights to the Greek isles, Cyprus, Turkey and Sharm El-Sheick.”

Embraer Sales Rep for Turkey
Embraer has named Kunak Jet Sales as an authorized sales representative in Turkey. With this initiative, the Embraer will attempt to boost its full line of executive 1ets in that country. Since its creation in 1998 by Oguz Kunak, Kunak Jet Sales has actively sold business aircraft to Turkish customers. Since then, Mr. Kunak has sold 25 turbine aircraft and has focused on building long-term relationships with customers, providing turn-key service to meet client needs. Services include re-marketing aircraft and structuring financing for acquisitions.

ZAS Z-Aviation Services Selects spn
ZAS Z-Aviation Services of Egypt reached agreement with ExecuJet Middle East to buy two spn light jets from Grob Aerospace. The agreement was signed by Niall Olver, CEO of ExecuJet Aviation Group and Sherif Omar Zarkani, founder and president of ZAS Z-Aviation Services. The aircraft, which will be delivered in 2009, will be operated by ZAS Z-Aviation Services, which has also optioned a further two spn’s for delivery in 2010.
“We selected the spn because it is an efficient, flexible and cost effective aircraft, easy to operate and very suitable for our region and beyond. It also offers a very generously sized cabin. We will fly the aircraft in a six- and eight-seat layout, featuring the cabin and cockpit designed by Porsche Design Studio,” added Sherif Zarkani.
The deal was arranged by ExecuJet Middle East, the exclusive sales agent and distributors of the spn in the region, through its regional headquarters in Dubai.
ZAS Z-Aviation Services, established in Egypt in 1976, expanded in 1982 by forming the sister company ZAS Airline of Egypt. It became the only non-government and first private operator in the region and now has a fleet of more than 25 aircraft. The company also provides air charter services in Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Sudan with a range of business aircraft and recently established ZAS Jet Club, a new dedicated executive VIP air charter service. ZAS Z-Aviation clientele includes Fortune 500 companies, royals and celebrities.
Headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, the ExecuJet Aviation Group has operations in four regions including Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia. It is the distributor for Bombardier Business Aircraft and Grob Aerospace spⁿ business jet aircraft sales. Other services offered include, aircraft management, completions management, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance and FBO facilities. ExecuJet currently manages a fleet of over 100 aircraft, half of which are available for charter from key Middle Eastern, European, African and Australasian bases.
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