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Saudia Private Aviation (SPA) -- the private aviation
arm of Saudi Arabian Airlines -- is set to become
the world s largest owner of Dassault Falcon 7X
business jets when it takes delivery of its fourth
aircra in the weeks following the Dubai Airshow.
The Falcon 7X is Dassault Falcon s flagship
business jet model, accounts for 40 percent of the
company s Middle East aircra sales. e aircra is
the rst and only business jet to date equipped with
a fully-digital ight control system.
Wajdi Abdullah Al-Idrissi, Saudia s vice-president
of royal and VIP a airs and head of SPA, said at the
show : " e Falcon 7X is a great addition to our eet
of business jets and is in great demand for charter
ights worldwide. e Falcon 7X has received high
marks from our customers in regard to its advanced
technolog y and its exceptional cabin comfort."
Al-Idrissi added: " e cabin meets the most
demanding requirements of passengers for high
levels of comfort, especially on very long , non-stop
ights up to 13 hours."
e Falcon 7X is shares a number of common
features with other aircra in the family, including
exible range, a large and comfortable cabin interior,
e cient and economical performance and advanced
technology based on Dassault s military aircra
heritage. e manufacturer says the aircra features
"an exceptionally quiet and comfortable cabin" and a
long range of 5,950 nautical miles, making it capable
of meeting the demands of more than 90 percent of
the typical business yer s city trips.
e aircra can connect New York to Riyadh,
Riyadh to Perth or Dubai to Tokyo. It can land on
short air elds and access challenging airports. It is
the only business jets in its category permitted to
land at London City Airport, in the heart of the
British capital, which has a steep approach and tight
Increasingly important to owners and operators is
easy access to ser vices, technical support and spares.
Dassault has invested in local infrastructure and
support in Saudi Arabia and has approved Saudi
Arabian Airlines as an Authorized Ser vice Centre
(ASC) in Jeddah. Dassault Falcon has also continued
to invest in regional infrastructure and operates
another ASC, as well as a spares distribution centre,
in Dubai, along with a technical o ce in Jeddah.
e company s regional sales o ce is in Dubai.
Jet Aviation Dubai says it will o er maintenance
support to the Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ)
series by the end of 2011, driven by strong customer
demand in the Middle East.
The company s Dubai maintenance team
has already undergone Airbus-led training and
certi cation and all required tools will be in place
by year s end, Jet Aviation says.
"We are delighted to expand our maintenance
o erings to Airbus customers in the region," says
Michael Ruecker, vice-president and general
manager of Jet Aviation Dubai. " e manufacturer
requested we o er this service to their customers
at the front-end, which is a great testament to our
high-quality, customer-focused ser vice delivery."
Christof Spaeth, senior vice-president of
maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and
fixed-base operations (FBO) ser vices for the
region, adds: "With an expected six to eight local
Airbus ACJ operators in the region, there will be
strong need for proven maintenance support. is
ser vice expansion strengthens Jet Aviation s global
MRO & FBO network for our Airbus customers
The Dubai-based MRO ser vice provider is
also ramping up to provide base maintenance to
Dassault Falcon 7X aircra by the end of 2011.
Jet Aviation Dubai says it is working closely with
Dassault to secure base maintenance approval for
Dassault s agship business jet.
The company s maintenance engineers have
completed training and are Dassault Falcon 7X
type-rated for base maintenance approval. e
necessary tooling "is expected to be on-site in the
near future", Jet Aviation says.
' ere are six local Dassault Falcon 7X operators
in the region," Ruecker says, "and with the full
support of the manufacturer we anticipate delivering
much-demanded, premium quality maintenance
support to ensure the safety and security of these
aircra owners and operators."
Jet Aviation also announced plans at the show to
expand its FBO o ering in Dubai, adding dispatch
ser vices to its range of round-the-clock domestic
and international handling ser vices by the second
quarter of 2012. Trained dispatch personnel will
be on-site at all times o ering ser vices such as
arrangement of over ight and landing permits,
fuel purchasing , emission trading support and
Peter Braendle, deputy general manager of the
Jet Aviation s aircra management division in the
region, says: " ere is an increasing demand for
dispatch ser vices in the Middle East, and extending
our ser vice delivery through the Dubai FBO allows
us to better ser ve our customers based in Dubai and
in the region."
Jet Aviation Dubai to offer Airbus ACJ maintenance
Saudia Private Aviation to become largest Falcon 7X operator
The Eclipse 550 uses the same airframe and engines as the earlier EA-500 jet.
Dubai Show Report
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