Jet Aviation Basel has completed its 3,300m² (35,520ft²) hangar extension that will enable the business aviation services provider to accommodate the entire Dassault Falcon completions line, which includes the 2000, 900 and 7X business jets. "This hangar extension will not only help us to increase production, but we will also be able to raise the number of Dassault Falcon completions in the future," says André Wall, Jet Aviation chief operating officer for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. "The additional hangar will also free space to expand our maintenance capacity in our other hangars."


EADS Socata's Moroccan subsidiary Socaero has broken ground on an industrial centre. Based in Casablanca the 5,000m² (54,000ft²) facility will perform sub-assembly work for Socata and its aerostructures customers including Airbus, Dassault and Eurocopter. "We chose Morocco because of its geographical and cultural proximity with our other sites, as well as for the local competencies - particularly in the aeronautical sector," says Socata.


Deccan Aviation is expanding its Bangalore-based Skylimo helicopter air taxi to Mumbai, to exploit the growing demand for a direct, convenient and time-saving charter service between the city and its international airport. Deccan says the journey from Mumbai city centre to the airport can take up to 2h by car at peak periods, compared with a few minutes by helicopter, and will appeal "to high-profile business executives who are hard pressed for time".


Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen airbase business jet airport is to be renamed City Airport, Abu Dhabi in an attempt "to communicate the airport's convenient location, just 10km [6 miles] from the heart of the city of Abu Dhabi, and its proximity to upcoming areas of the city", says airport owner Abu Dhabi Airports.


German business aviation services provider Aero-Dienst has secured a contract with an unnamed German company to provide maintenance on a new Bombardier Challenger 300. Nuremberg-based Aero Dienst says it has assisted in the acquisition and registration of the super-midsize business jet, which is scheduled to enter service this month.

Source: Flight International