THE Middle East Pavilion, a first for Farnborough, is "an ideal location for us", says International Air Charter chief executive Hugh Courtenay.

British-based International Air Charter, which includes Dubai racegoers among its keenest clients, can be visited at the new Middle East Pavilion (Hall 3, Stand A6).

One of Europe's largest air charter brokers, IAC is here to promote its expanding activity in the region. It recently opened an office in Dubai and is working with several Middle Eastern executive-jet operators, including Dubai's Execujet and Bexair of Bahrain.

"The region is enjoying a boom, with new airlines being created and lucrative markets emerging," says Courtenay. "We're keen to see more executive jets based there to meet growing demand from the oil and construction sectors, as well as people attending sporting events such as Dubai's world-renowned horseracing."


International Air Charter is looking to talk to operators of smaller business jets such as the Learjet and Cessna Citation series about basing aircraft in the region.

"If more operators will base this type of aircraft in Dubai, we could guarantee to keep them flying," says Courtenay. "At present we're having a hard time finding aircraft to meet demand."

IAC sources aircraft at short notice from a large number of operators and from locations as close as possible to the client. It works with scheduled and charter airlines and executive-jet operators around the world to handle requests from corporations, sports fans, celebrities and private individuals.

Its portfolio of aircraft includes Boeing Business Jets, Bombardier Global Expresses and Challengers, Dassault Falcons, Gulfstreams, Cessna Citations and Learjets.

Source: Flight Daily News