Egyptian aviation services company Spot Air (stand 1433) plans to acquire a Hawker 800 later this year for its whollyowned air taxi start-up EU Air.

Spot Air chief executiveMohammed Hamed says Cairo-based EU Air is looking to take the business jet from a US lessor and may look for a second Hawker 800, depending on the success of the operation.

"We are now evaluating a couple of aircraft," he says, adding that the Hawker 800 could be used to offer direct flights to European cities including London.

EU Air will, however, primarily offer domestic flights in Egypt and services to the Gulf and Middle East region, says Hamed. He meanwhile plans to open an office in London by 1 July to market Spot Air and EU Air's services to European clients. There are also plans to open a Spot Air office in Bahrain.

Hawker 800

"We are the only company in Egypt providing full support services for business aviation," says Hamed. Spot Air currently operates several business aircraft under management. Its client base includes "businessmen, embassies and ministries", says Hamed.

"If we are successful, we will expand our AOC to include larger aircraft such as A320 commercial aircraft," he says. The A320 would be used to provide ad-hoc charter capacity for European tour operators.

Source: Flight Daily News