Corporate Jet Investor Middle East & Africa 2020

15 & 16 September 2020 | Virtual

Corporate Jet Investor Middle East & Africa 2020 is virtual.

Although we cannot meet face-to-face in 2020, Corporate Jet Investor Middle East & Africa is still designed to bring together a cross-section of leading financiers, lawyers, operators, brokers, insurers, manufacturers, appraisers and many others in the business aviation industry, involved in growing and supporting the Middle Eastern and African fleet. 

Providing you with a unique opportunity to understand the region and meet like-minded professionals in the sector there will still be the opportunities to network with colleagues, pose questions to speakers and take part in interactive polling throughout the event.

Just as with our live events there will be engaging and entertaining panels, interviews and presentations, selected to stimulate debate and discussion, you’ll leave the conference ready to return to your organisation with the latest insights and new ways to develop your business.

This event continues to attract senior level executives to discuss the opportunities and threats, develop the latest strategies and explore new sources of revenue within the market.

The carefully selected roster of speakers and panellists will deliver relevant topics that are tailored towards you and others like you – including financiers, lawyers, brokers, operators, manufacturers, appraisers and arrangers.

We are living in these unprecedented times and while we may not be able to meet face-to-face, CJI Middle East & Africa 2020 will still  bring together the industry for quality information-sharing and networking.



Event Partner

UAS International Trip Support is an award-winning, customized flight support solutions provider, serving customers globally. Offering a one-stop shop for all aviation needs including trip support, executive travel, and air charter needs, UAS is trusted by Heads of State, VVIPs, Fortune Global 500 companies, and business jet operators worldwide. Founded in 2000 with a vision to serve places other suppliers had yet to reach served before, UAS has been at the forefront anticipating demands and exceeding the expectations of its clients ever since. With a ground presence at 31 locations, its global network is constantly expanding to ensure clients receive the best supervision and quality at every destination. UAS channels its expertise and experience to deliver game-changing technology solutions designed specifically for business aviation. Its over-riding mission is to revolutionize the international business flight and user experience. For more information, visit

Lead Sponsors

Collins Aerospace is a leader in technologically advanced, intelligent solutions that help to redefine the aerospace and defense industry.
We dedicate our capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solving customers’ toughest challenges and meeting the demands of the global market.

Through our ARINCDirect suite of solutions, Collins Aerospace offers business aviation best in class flight planning, flight deck communications, high speed cabin communications, and Flight Operations Systems (FOS®).

We are committed to "Simplifying the business of flight."
• Enhanced customer experience - easy, consistent, reliable and global
• One point of contact for all customer support
• One invoice for all services
DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) is a joint venture between Stuttgart-based DC Aviation GmbH, the largest operator of business jets in Germany and one of the leading operators in Europe and Dubai-based Al-Futtaim, a privately-owned UAE business conglomerate.

The JV capitalises on Al-Futtaim's strong fundamentals and presence in the Middle East, and DC Aviation’s global reputation as a premium provider of aircraft management, executive charter operations, business jet maintenance and consultation services.

DCAF is the first and only fully integrated business aviation facility based out of Al Maktoum International Airport located at Dubai South (formerly Dubai World Central) with two dedicated hangars measuring 5,700sqm and 7,500sqm respectively and a 1,300sqm exclusive VVIP lounge area designed to international standards offering customers the highest levels of comfort and privacy, shower areas and a conference room.

DCAF’s core areas of business include Aircraft Management, Maintenance, FBO and Ground handling services as well as Business jet charter.

Through their line maintenance capabilities catering to various business jets; owners and operators receive a diverse range of maintenance services, from spare parts supply, procurement, and storage, to maintenance and airworthiness certification.

The Aircraft Management division is helping business jet owners to optimise their aircraft assets, by operating aircraft in an environment in line with the highest industry standards with regards to flight safety and airworthiness. Clients also benefit from significant cost-saving potential on insurance, fuel purchasing, and other relevant flight support services.

Located in a prime position just off the airport’s runway, the DCAF hangers and 7,700sqm dedicated ramp parking enables the company to support, maintain and operate private and businesses jets of all sizes. Along with the VVIP lounge, 24-hour on-site security, screening facilities, customs, and immigration services customers are assured of a speedy and enjoyable travel experience.

DCAF’s business jet charter clients will benefit from the operator’s fleet size and variety ranging from efficiently sized Learjet 40 to the 46-seater Airbus 319 Corporate jet and a 24/7 operation designed to provide an immediate response to requests.

For more information on DCAF’s services and offerings, please visit or call +971 4 870 1800.
Founded in 1989, JSSI is the only hourly cost maintenance provider covering virtually all makes and models of business aircraft, engines and APUs. JSSI provides its customers with comprehensive, flexible and affordable financial tools for managing the often unpredictable costs of operating and maintaining nearly all types of turbine-powered aircraft, including jets, turbo-props and turbine-powered helicopters. JSSI serves customers globally and manages maintenance services through its worldwide infrastructure of certified technical advisors.


ExecuJet is part of the Luxaviation Group, one of the largest private aircraft operators in the world. It is comprised of Luxaviation Helicopters, Starspeed and some of the world’s leading business aviation entities including ExecuJet.

The Group offers a wide range of services including aircraft management for private and commercially registered aircraft, charter, maintenance and fixed-base operations (FBOs).

Luxaviation operates globally across Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, under the regulatory umbrella of 15 air operator’s certificates (AOCs). Luxaviation has a global network of 28 FBOs which are operated under the ExecuJet brand.

Luxaviation operates more than 260 jets and helicopters under the most stringent safety standards and currently employs more than 1,000 employees worldwide.

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GE Aviation is committed to providing leading propulsion systems for business and general aviation (BG&A) customers around the world. We provide jet engines for small and large cabin business aviation aircraft and turboprop engines for BG&A operators. We are passionate about customers and the flexibility, access and productivity their flight operations bring to remote communities, commerce, recreation, agriculture, medical missions, pilot training, and humanitarian aid.

GE has a global service network to support these offerings. GE and its customers are also working together to unlock new opportunities to grow and deliver more productivity beyond traditional services. GE Aviation is becoming a digital industrial business with its ability to harness large streams of data that are providing incredible insights and in turn, real operational value for customers.
For over 100 years, Honeywell has been a pioneer in aerospace. Our wide range of products and services for the Business Aviation community includes Avionics, Cabin Management Systems, Satcom Connectivity Solutions, Engines and Airframe systems, Wheels and Brakes.

Today, we continue to innovate. Through the evolution of the Connected Aircraft, Honeywell continues to deliver safer, more efficient, more productive and ultimately more enjoyable travel experiences. With GoDirect, Honeywell offers the industry’s most complete portfolio of value-adding aviation services and applications. From hardware to apps to services, Honeywell provides solutions to optimize bandwidth and reduce data and operating costs while creating the best possible experience for your customers.

Honeywell is changing the way people communicate on and with an aircraft today and in the future. Find out more at


Tuesday 15 September

17:00-17:30 GST/ 14:00-14.30 BST
Live networking reception hosted by UAS International Trip Support

Wednesday 16 September LIVE 

12:30 Gulf Standard Time (GST): 9:30 British Summer Time (BST)
Welcome to Corporate Jet Investor Middle East and Africa
Louisa Whyte & Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor

13:05 GST: 10:05 BST
Welcome to the new world

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
James Hardie, Collins Aerospace
Steve McManus, GE Aviation
Oliver Tebbit, Watson Farley Williams

13:45 GST: 10:45 BST
Flying and operating in the Middle East in 2021
Looking back at the last six months
Will things get easier?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Abdul Charafeddin, UAS International Trip Support
Mike Berry, Luxaviation Group
Holger Ostheimer, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim

14:25 GST: 11:25 BST
Networking – hosted by DC Aviation Al-Futtaim

14:55 GST: 11:55 BST
Surviving and managing the crazy times
Holger Ostheimer, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim

15:20 GST: 12:20 BST
The Value of Data to Business Aviation
Mark Winzar, JSSI

15:45 GST: 12:45 BST
Country focus: Saudi Arabia and Business Aviation 2030
How does business aviation support Kingdom 2030
How have new regulations changed the domestic market?
Yosef Hafiz,  NASJET

16:10 GST: 13:10 BST
The Middle East Charter Market
Are we seeing new customers?
What are their flying patterns?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Ritu Bagri, Vertis Aviation
Andy Christie, Air Charter Service
Jobby George, Air Partner

Ian Moore, VistaJet

16:50 GST: 13:50 BST
Closing networking reception hosted by Jet Support Services, Inc.

On demand content

Operating in the Middle East post-Covid
What should operators be aware of?
What does the future of trip planning look like?
Mohammed Al-Husary, UAS Trip Support

Aircraft finance in the region
What products are customers looking for?
How easy is the region for financiers?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Johan Blitz, UBS
Simon Davies, Global Jet Capital
Don Walsh, Stonebriar Commercial Finance

Opportunities in the VVIP market
Is Covid-19 an opportunity for large cabin jets?
From FBO to exclusive resort
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Rob DiCastri, Royal Jet
Tobias Laps, Comlux
Jean-Noel Robert, Airbus Corporate Jets

Country focus: South Africa
Are there any green shoots?
What effect is the weak Rand having?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
JP Fourie, National Airways Charter
Gavin Kiggen, ExecuJet Africa
David Minty, Investec

The costs of owning operating and chartering in Africa and the limitations
What affects the choice to own or charter?
What ownership issues are there?
Ability to transact deals, cash availability and financial restrictions?
Moderator: Dawit Lemma, Krimson Aviation
Philip Du Preez, ExecuJet Africa
Michael Nelson, Clyde & Co

Middle East and Africa operations – a decade in the making
What drives this regional relationship?
How can it be enhanced?
What can each region learn from the other ?
What are the opportunities?
Moderator: Jane Stanbury, Arena Group
Daniella Dawson, Vertis Aviation
Jonathan Deutsch,  Jet Support Services, Inc.
Simon D’Oyly, Royal Jet
Samih Kadora, Constellation Aviation
Dawit Lemma, Krimson Aviation
Michael Skou Christensen, Satcom Direct International



Companies that are attended in 2019:

Academy 147 | ACASS | Aerion Supersonic | AeroProp | Aerowise | Air Charter Service | Air Partner Inc. | Airbus Corporate Jets | Aircamo | ArenaGrp | Asia Flight Services | Asian Sky Group | AUGUSTA Pte Ltd | Aviation International News | Avinode Group | Bird & Bird | Blackbird Air | BNP Paribas | Boeing Business Jets | Bombardier Aviation | Boutsen Aviation | Camber Aviation Management Ltd | Click Aviation Network | Clyde & Co | Collins Aerospace | Comlux | Constellation Aviation Services LLC | Crux Solutions | DC Aviation Al-Futtaim | Dentons UK and Middle East LLP | Doehle Corporate And Trust Services Ltd | Down-Route | DS Aviation Consulting | Dubai South | Duncan Aviation | Dynamic Advanced Training LLC | Elit’Avia | European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) | ExecuJet | ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East | FlightSafety International | Flying Group Middle East | Fokker Techniek | Fontainebleau Aviation | G&G Aviation Srl | Gama Aviation | GE Aviation | GearUp TV | Global AVX | Global Flight Solutions | Global Jet Capital, Inc | Gogo Business Aviation | HADID International Services | Honeywell | Investec | Investec Asset Finance | Jet Aviation | Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) | Jetex | JetHQ | Krimson | Leading Edge Aviation Marketing | Legion Air | Ludick Consulting (Pty) Ltd | Luxaviation Group | Maples Group | Martyn Fiddler Aviation | MedAire | Mesotis Jets | MHS Aviation GMBH | NAC (National Airways Corporation) | NASJET | Nomad Aviation | OPMAS ApS | OPMAS Group | Pegasus Aircraft Appraisal Group | Philips | Portside | Private Flight Global Limited | QFE Zero | Rolls-Royce | Royal Jet | Satcom Direct | Saudia Private Aviation | Shearwater Aero Capital | Stonebriar Commercial Finance | Sturge Taylor | The Air Charter Association | TVPX | UAS International Trip Support | UBS Switzerland AG | Vedder Price | Vertis Aviation | Viasat | Vista Global | Watson Farley & Williams

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