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Al Jaber poised for February launch
Al Jaber Aviation has received a United Arab Emirates air operator’s licence and is set to launch operations following delivery of its first aircraft in February.
The VIP charter company, an offshoot of Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Group, turned heads at last month’s Middle East Business Aviation show in Dubai, announcing the purchase of a pair of Airbus A319-based ACJs, revealing an earlier order for two A318 Elites and declaring a letter of intent to order two A380s in VIP configuration.
Altogether, the carrier has firm plan to acquire 21 new-build aircraft worth $1.2 billion over five years: 10 Embraer Legacies, five Embraer Lineage 1000s, four A318 Elites and two ACJs. The aircraft will operate from a VIP terminal at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Airport to destinations in Europe, Asia and Russia. Al Jaber also plans to launch a facility in Dubai.
The A318 Elite is the newest Airbus corporate/VIP aircraft. Its affordability is enhanced by a standardised 18-passenger interior supplied by exclusive completions provider Lufthansa Technik.
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