Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dubai-based 'Elite Jets' announces fleet expansion as regional demand for private air travel continues to grow

Elite Jets, one of the Middle East region's leading luxury private jet operators, has announced the latest aircraft to join its growing fleet. Elite Jets has just taken delivery of a Dassault Falcon 900B large size, long-range business jet, on behalf of a private customer.
The company's current fleet also includes two Raytheon Hawker 850 aircraft and a Raytheon Hawker 1000.
The announcement comes as Elite Jets' charter operations continue to expand strongly, with the number of charter flight bookings doubling in 2006, compared to 2005, and as the overall number of private jet movements at Dubai International Airport continues to rise. According to Executive Flight Services, there was a five per cent increase in the number of private jet movements at Dubai International Airport in 2006, compared to 2005.
Paras Dhamecha, Managing Director of Elite Jets, comments: 'We are delighted to announce the addition of the Dassault Falcon 900B to the Elite Jets fleet; this aircraft extends and diversifies our operational programme into mid-large business jet aircraft, working with a new manufacturer and complementing the Raytheon Hawker aircraft that we already operate. The demand for private air travel continues to grow in the region and this is reflected in the demand for our charter, as well as aircraft management, services.
'This demand runs across business and leisure travel, and we are generating a lot of interest in our charter operations for travel to the major business centres of the GCC, North Africa, Asia and Europe - with the CIS region a current hot route for us. In addition, we are generating significant interest in the corporate sector, with regionally based companies choosing to book block hours with us.'
At MEBA 2007, Elite Jets will present its complete range of aircraft sales, management and charter services, alongside Raytheon Aircraft Company (the world's leading business and special-mission aircraft manufacturer) which Elite Jets represents exclusively in the UAE.
'Our working relationship with Raytheon Aircraft Company has been very successful over the last three years, including joint flight demonstrations and cooperation at the Dubai International Air Show and we expect MEBA to be another successful joint event for both companies,' adds Paras Dhamecha.
Elite Jets will focus on its sales and management services, which can be tailored to suit individual needs; the company's commitment to making the purchase, ownership and management of private business jets as simple and convenient as possible is proving successful in the corporate sector in the region, which is finding the concept of aircraft ownership increasingly attractive.
Elite Jets and Raytheon Aircraft Company will be welcoming clients and prospective clients to their shared chalet at the event. In addition, the presentation will include a range of five Raytheon Aircraft Company Hawker Beechcraft models, as part of a static display, featuring a Hawker 1000, Hawker 850XP, Hawker 400XP, Beechcraft Premier 1A, and Beechcraft King Air 350.
Caron Gledhill, Sales & Marketing Director at Elite Jets, comments:
'MEBA 2007 puts the spotlight on the business aviation industry in the region and creates a unique opportunity for Elite Jets to meet and network with key contacts. We have successfully secured Raytheon aircraft sales with buyers in the region and have taken these aircraft under management for the new owners. It's a partnership that is proving very effective and we expect to use MEBA as a means of meeting prospects together.'

In addition to its aircraft sales programme, Elite Jets has already built a solid business jet charter operation, working with various organizations operating in a range of sectors including banking, oil and gas, real estate and many other business fields. The company enjoys a strong working partnership with regional and international aviation brokers and, during the past year, has witnessed growth from the luxury business and leisure travel agencies. 'Our charter operation creates an excellent shop window in which to showcase a range of aircraft to prospective buyers within the region,' adds Caron Gledhill. 'We understand our corporate and leisure client needs and our ability to provide five-star service alongside our luxury aircraft, is proving to be a successful formula.'

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