Middle East Gains BizAv Momentum


First Authorized BBJ Service Center In Middle East…

The Middle East is emerging as a business aviation center, as evidenced by several recent announcements at this year’s Dubai Air International Show . On Dec. 8, Boeing signed an agreement with Alsalam Aircraft Company, making the company the first authorized service center for Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) in the Middle East. The agreement was announced during the eighth annual Dubai event, which features a mix of military, airline and business aircraft displays. Based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Alsalam will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services as well as BBJ warranty work on behalf of Boeing. More than 27 percent of BBJ customers are from the Middle East and Lee Monson, president of BBJ, sees this new service center as a geographical link between the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa. This latest agreement coincides with the addition of Alsalam’s three service centers in Europe and two in the United States for authorized service and warranty work. Those include Associated Air in Dallas, Texas; DeCrane Aircraft Systems Integration Group (PATS) in Georgetown, Del.; Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany; and Jet Aviation in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland.