Access to statistics, regulations, foreign aircraft registered operation in the UAE and security access are some of the main concerns business aviation firms have about the regional market.
Those are the findings of a strategy meeting led by MEBAA this week, which saw leading firms in the Middle East business aviation market come together to discuss challenges facing the industry and raise concerns they have about perceived threats to the sector.
Members from MEBAA, including the likes of ExecuJet, Jetex and Jet Aviation, gathered in Dubai for the business aviation organisation’s first Planning and Operation Committee (POC) in the Middle East & North Africa.
It was MEBAA’s first POC meeting in the UAE and will be replicated in the neighbouring countries of the Middle East & North Africa region.
The POC is designed as a platform for MEBAA’s members to discuss issues and challenges facing the current business aviation market.
In the UAE’s POC, members attended including Airbus Corporate jets (ACJ), Arab Wings, Boeing Business Jets, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Collins Aerospace, ExecuJet Middle East, Falcon Aviation Services, Gama Aviation Middle East, Gate Gourmet Catering Arabia, Honeywell Aerospace, Jet Support Services, Inc (JSSI), Jet Aviation (AG), Jeppesen, JETEX, Lufthansa Technik AG, Royal Jet, Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East and UAS International Trip Support.
MEBA’s founding and executive chairman, Ali Alnaqbi, emphasised the importance of the industry working together in order to be heard and considered by local authorities.
He said: “We need to come together, unite our voice and act as one community to make positive change in which we can shape the future of our industry.”
The POC meeting resulted in the formation of six main committees, which are: Aircraft Operation Certificate (AOC) committee, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) committee, Fixed Based Operators (FBO) committee, Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) committee, Services committee and MEBAA Show Advisory Board committee.
Each member company related to specific functions will nominate a representative to participate in the stated committees.
MEBAA hopes that this initiative will be a catalyst for the implementation of solutions for the issues that the industry is facing currently.