Mideast to account for 8pc of $9b personal jet market

DUBAI - Personal jet use is shifting into the mainstream of Middle East travel, with experts forecasting that the region will account for eight per cent of the 600-aircraft, $9 billion global personal jet market in 2004.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 30 May 2004, 9:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:31 AM

"We're enjoying a broad-based boom in demand," said Khadar Mattar, sales director at leading regional private jet operator ExecuJet Middle East (EJME), whose charter fleet includes Bombardier Learjets, a Challenger 604 and a Pilatus PC12 turboprop airplane.

EJME is rapidly adding more aircraft, including another Challenger and a Bombardier Global Express, a luxury 16-seater that can fly non-stop from Dubai to Dallas.

Worldwide publicity for Dubai as a leisure and investment destination are channelling ever more wealthy people into the Gulf region, and hotels, tour operators and resort companies are integrating personal jets into their service-package.

The seven-star Le Reve development in Dubai, for example, recently signed a deal with ExecuJet Middle East (EJME), one of the region's leading executive aviation groups, to provide guests with personal jet services.

The business market is climbing too, according to ExecuJet - thanks in large part to the Gulf's construction and finance boom. Businesspeople and professionals are finding themselves forced to jet around the Middle East and many have concluded that executive jets are a cost-effective way to maximise their productive time.

Private flights arrive and depart at VIP terminals. Users can forget about tiresome check-in queues and delays.

"The whole process is comfortable, quick, secure and private," said Mattar. "Upmarket travellers enjoy being able to fly exactly where they want, when they want. They are increasingly choosing private jets in preference to scheduled flights."

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