RITIKA SHARMA / EMIRATES BUSINESS
The Middle East market has played an important role in the recent global executive aviation development. According to Embraer Executive Jets market analyses, the Middle East has a younger business jet fleet than the worldâ€™s average. The region holds a business jet fleet of 400 unit aircraft where Saudi Arabia and UAE account for more than half of the Middle Eastâ€™s active fleet. For the next 10 years, the Embraer forecasts a demand in the region for 200 more business jets.
Claudio Galdo Camelier, VP Sales and Marketing, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Executive Jets at Embraer, told Emirates Business during the last day of Abu Dhabi Air Expo that Middle East market plays an important role in the overall aviation industry.
â€œOur analysis says that Middle East has a younger business jet fleet if we compare it with the same world over. Presently, the region holds a business jet fleet of 400 unit aircraft (it doubled in one decade). Saudi Arabia and UAE share a major chunk of this market as the countries together account for 56 percent of the Middle Eastâ€™s active fleet,â€ Claudio said.
For the next 10 years, the Company forecasts a demand in the region for 200 more business jets which is a worth of US$ 9 billion.
â€œEmbraer has 20 percent of the total market share in the Middle East, considering industryâ€™s deliveries for civil operators in the last 10 years in the region. In the same period of time, the global business jets market might demand 9,100 aircraft, worth US$259 billion. Embraerâ€™s executive jets division was created in 2005,â€ Claudio pointed out.
Last year, Embraer received orders for up to 17 entry-level jet Phenom 100E from Etihad and Emirates for flight training propose, two orders for Legacy 500 from MEA (Middle East Airlines), and an order for a Legacy 650 which is operated by Titan Aviation Group, a global aviation specialty service provider headquartered in the United Arab Emirates.
The Legacy 600/650 are the most popular Embraer models in the Middle East market as they offer three comfortable cabin zones that allow up to 14 passengers to work or rest in a spacious area. A fully equipped wet galley and the largest in-flight accessible baggage compartment in its class are other value-added highlights.
â€œOver 25 Legacy 600/650 jets are presently in operation with local operators, offering outstanding comfort, excellent performance and state-of-the-art onboard technology, and allowing customers to fly nonstop to London or Beijing from Abu Dhabi,â€ explained Claudio.
The Middle East is also the largest market for the Em Lineage 1000E. Talking about the demand of the aircraft, he said, â€œIt perfectly matches passengersâ€™ expectations in the region, offering unparalleled comfort in the cabin with its five distinct zones providing space to both work