Corporate Jet Investor Dubai 2019

1 April 2019 | Ritz Carlton Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

2019 was the fourth year running for Corporate Jet Investor Dubai , the  market-leading conference for the business aviation industry in the Middle East.

Yet again, this event proved to be a unique opportunity for delegates to understand the region and network with like-minded professionals in this sector.

Our 2019 conference once again brought together a cross-section of 200 leading financiers, operators, brokers, OEMs, FBOs, MROs, lawyers, insurers, appraisers and other client influencers.

The agenda was carefully crafted to ensure content remained relevant and lively, and our system ensured the audience had their say with live polls and anonymous Q&As.

There was also plenty of scheduled networking time to multiply and strengthen all attendees connections at the networking breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch and cocktail reception.

This conference was free attend for qualifying professionals.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Dubai in 2020 (Dates to be confirmed due to the Coronavirus outbreak)

(Please do email me if you would like further information [email protected])



Event Partner

UAS International Trip Support

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

Asian Sky Group

Company profile coming soon

Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) is a joint venture between DC Aviation, a leading German business jet operator and previously a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler AG, and Al-Futtaim, a privately owned UAE business conglomerate DCAF is the first and only fully integrated business aviation facility based out of Al Maktoum Int’l Airport located at Dubai South with a dedicated hangar measuring 5,700sqm 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. 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. In November 2017, a second hangar was completed with 7500 square meters of covered space, bringing DCAF’s total landside plot area to 24,000 sqm and the apron area to 13,000 sqm.

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

Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation (AIM:GMAA) is a global business aviation services company specialising in providing aviation support for individuals, corporations and government agencies. Established in 1983, our fleet now includes over 230 fixed wing and rotary aircraft, spread across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Regionally, we offer aircraft management in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, aircraft charter, FBO and maintenance services, and aviation software solutions. Our local headquarters are at Sharjah International Airport: the intelligent FBO gateway to Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The Sharjah FBO provides VIP handling, with award winning facilities for passengers and crew, business jet and turboprop maintenance, parking and hangarage. Our global headquarters are located at Farnborough Airport, UK, where Gama Aviation is a public limited company, listed on the London Stock Exchange.

GE Aviation

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.

Gogo Business Aviation

With more than two decades of experience, Gogo is the leader in inflight connectivity and wireless entertainment services for business fleets and commercial airlines around the world. Gogo connects aircraft, providing its partners with the world’s most powerful networks and platforms to help optimize their operations. Gogo’s superior technologies, best-in-class service, and global reach help planes fly smarter, and passengers travel happier.

Today, more than 4,000 business aircraft are flying with Gogo’s connectivity solutions onboard, including the world's largest fractional ownership fleets, and Gogo is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer. Gogo also has partnerships with 16 commercial airlines with its connectivity solutions flying on more than 3,000 commercial aircraft. Gogo’s corporate presence globally includes multilingual customer and technical support available around the clock from teams based at several locations worldwide. Connect with Gogo at and

Jetex Flight Support

A global leader in executive aviation, Jetex is recognized for delivering flexible, best-in-class trip support solutions to customers worldwide. Jetex provides exceptional FBOs, aircraft fueling, ground handling and global trip planning. The company caters to an elite clientele including owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel. To find out how you can benefit from Jetex’s award-winning services, visit today.

It was in 2005 at the Dubai Air Show that Jetex Flight Support announced its establishment. Today Jetex has 100 people working in its headquarters and over 300 staff members based globally.

Now has five offices around the world, Dubai, Beijing, Shannon, Kiev and Paris.

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI)

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.

OPMAS group

At OPMAS, we have dealt with aircraft customs handling for more than two decades. This is the only service we provide. We are not involved in financing, offshore tax structures, tax planning or yachting etc. Over these last 20 years, we have learned that long-term local presence and knowhow are essential when it comes to aircraft importation and admission in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. Our experienced acquired knowledge and strong and invaluable handling with the Danish authorities ensure a smooth handling process.

Denmark has the very best reputation both within the EU and worldwide. Denmark is further number one on the Transparency List over the least corrupt nations in the world. We are known always to implement all EU-directives promptly and 100% by the book without ANY bending of the rules in favour of local companies. Denmark is the only member state involved in aircraft importation or admission, which is not considered a tax haven.

We have an extensive legal, aviation and administrative background. Our founder and CEO, Lasse Rungholm, is an aviation lawyer (L) and commercial airline pilot (ATPL, EASA and FAA) with more than 20 years of experience in these fields. Denmark has been the member state of choice for these procedures for a long time and our local presence and detailed knowledge of the systems mean that any proposed change in legislation can be easily detected and implemented. We are not strangers setting up shop in a foreign jurisdiction. We know that one of our strongest assets is our extensive local knowledge and long experience working with the authorities.

We are a FULL-SERVICE provider – with no exceptions – and we will support you in any situation. You will never walk alone.

Please, contact us regarding your situation – we will advise you of the best solution for our situation and needs. For more information go to:



Every 10 seconds an Embraer-manufactured aircraft takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Since its inception nearly 50 years ago, Embraer has boldly and consistently revolutionized the commercial, defense, agricultural and business aviation segments – and now, as one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, Embraer also boasts the broadest portfolio of business jets in the market. Our beautifully designed, brilliantly engineered aircraft continuously blaze new trails, and when it comes to delivering the ultimate in value and customer experience, Embraer is in a class by itself. We take on our customers’ challenges and apply fresh, innovative perspectives to create solutions that enable our clients to outperform. That’s Embraer’s mission, and that’s what truly makes all the difference.

Our world-class lineup of extraordinary business aircraft includes the entry-level Phenom 100, the trailblazing Phenom 300 light jet, the revolutionary Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 medium-cabin jets, the large Legacy 650E and the ultra-large Lineage 1000E. Embraer’s global business jet fleet exceeds 1,100 aircraft, which are in operation in more than 70 countries  all supported by the world’s No. 1-ranked product support team and more than 70 owned and authorized service centers.

Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial aviation, defense and security, executive aviation, agricultural aviation and aircraft services and support. Our industrial units, offices, service facilities and parts distribution centers, among other activities, span across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Embraer Executive Jets’ expansive North American campus is located in Melbourne, Florida, and includes an ultramodern Global Customer Center, a 75,000-square-foot Engineering & Technology Center and state-of-the-art production facilities for the Phenom 100, Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and Legacy 500.


ExecuJet is a leading global business aviation organisation offering a diverse range of services including aircraft management for private and commercial registered aircraft, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft completions management and fixed base operations. ExecuJet has operations in six regions – Africa, Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. ExecuJet manages 165 business jets worldwide under the most stringent safety standards. Its commercial fleet is operated under the regulatory umbrella of seven regional civil aviation issued air operating certificates (AOCs). ExecuJet has many authorised maintenance facilities throughout four regions, certified to work on most business jets. ExecuJet operates 25 world-class FBO facilities worldwide. ExecuJet is part of the Luxaviation Group.

Global Jet Capital

With approximately $2.5 billion in assets under management and the additional current committed capacity to lend, Global Jet Capital has the expertise, financial strength, industry relationships, and infrastructure necessary to offer a variety of flexible leasing and financing solutions at the speed the market requires. We currently serve nearly all jurisdictions and have the capital and expertise to meet the needs of today's rapidly expanding and diversifying private jet owners and operators.


Jetcraft is the leader in international aircraft sales, marketing and ownership strategies, managing and maintaining over 20 regional offices globally. The company’s unparalleled success over more than 50 years in business aviation has earned it a world-class reputation, along with an exceptional customer base, a wide network of connections and one of the largest inventories within the industry.


Rolls-Royce designs, develops, manufactures and services integrated power systems for use in the air, on land and at sea. We are one of the world’s leading producers of aero engines for large civil aircraft and corporate jets. We are the second largest provider of defense aero engines and services in the world. For land and sea markets, reciprocating engines and systems from Rolls-Royce are in marine, distributed energy, oil & gas, rail and off-highway vehicle applications. In nuclear, we have a strong instrumentation, product and service capability in both civil power and submarine propulsion.


08.15 Registration & Breakfast hosted by DC Aviation Al-Futtaim

09:15 Opening remarks
Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor                                                                             

09.20 Managing and operating aircraft in the Middle East

How competitive is the market?
How important is diversification?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
Rob DiCastri, Royal Jet Group
Richard Lineveldt, Gama Aviation
Ramandeep Oberoi, Falcon Aviation Services
Paul van der Blom, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim
Mike Berry, ExecuJet

10.00 Interview: The importance of trip planning and support
Jay Ammar Husary, UAS International Trip Support

10.25 Why bigger can be better
Operating VVIP aircraft
Residuals and reselling
Jean-Noel Robert, Airbus Corporate Jets

10.50 Morning Coffee hosted by Collins Aerospace

11:30 Interview: Exceptional Experience
Emerging versus mature markets
The importance of diversification
Adel Mardini, Jetex Flight Support

11.50 The problem with Europe
Why importation is important (and you do not want your aircraft seized)
How Brexit affects flying
Lasse Rungholm, OPMAS Group

12:10 How are Asia’s key business jet markets evolving?              
Is China no longer the powerhouse?
Opportunities in Southeast Asia
How fast is the Asian fleet growing?
Jeffrey Lowe, Asian Sky Group

12.30 Managing & operating Aircraft in Saudi
Yosef Hafiz, NASJET
Capt.Mohammed Al-Gabbas, NASJET

12.50 Lunch hosted by GE Aviation 

14.20 Selling aircraft
How competitive is the market?
New versus pre-owned jets
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Claudio Camelier, Embraer
Sari Sawaya, Jetcraft

15:00 The connected aircraft
Beyond the cabin, how connectivity changes aircraft operations
Analysing data
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Corporate Jet Investor
James Hardie, Collins Aerospace
Jim Zanino, Gogo Business Aviation

15.40 Afternoon Tea hosted by Collins Aerospace

16:10 Maintaining aircraft in hot and dry environments
How environment affects costs
Bringing aircraft back from storage
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJ I
Alexander Ebert, GE Aviation
Michael Mechler, Rolls-Royce
Luc Poirier,JSSI

16.50 The charter market
How big is the market?
What is driving demand?
Is there a typical charter customer?
Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, CJI
Steffen Fries, MHS Aviation GmbH
Mark Hardman, Flying Group Middle East

17.30 Getting deals done
How to get to closing without crying
What are the common roadblocks?
Moderator: Oliver Tebbit, Watson Farley & Williams
Simon Davies, Global Jet Capital
Beat Kälin, UBS

18.10 Closing remarks

18.20 Cocktails hosted by JSSI 


Companies that attended in 2019:

ACASS | AEG FUELS | Air Charter Service | AIR Magazine | Airbus Corporate Jets | Altitudes Arabia | ArcosJet | Asian Sky Group | Aviation Horizons Ltd | Aviation International News | Avinode Group | Besso Insurance Group Limited | Bombardier Aviation | Boston Corporate Services (DIFC) Limited | CAE | Chapman Freeborn | Clyde & Co | Collins Aerospace | Dassault Aviation | DC Aviation Al-Futtaim | Delta World Charter | Donald H. Bunker & Associates | Dubai South | Dynamic Advanced Training LLC | ECC AVIATION | Embraer | Empire Aviation Group | ENOC | Equiom Group | ExecuJet | Falcon Aviation Services | FlightSafety International | Fly Aviation Services | Flying Group Middle East | Gama Aviation | Gateley | GE Aviation | Global Jet Capital, Inc | Global Jet Centre | Gogo Business Aviation | G-OPS | GSS – Global Service Solution | Gulf Wings | Gulfstream Aerospace | HADID International Services | HAECO | Honeywell | Hot Media | iJET | IQ-EQ | Jet Aviation | Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) | Jetcraft | Jetex | JettySet | Kennedys Law | Legion Air | Liberty Aviation DWC – LLC | Maples Group | Martyn Fiddler Aviation | McLarens Aviation | MedAire | MHS Aviation GMBH | NASJET | NetJets | OPMAS ApS | Pab AirWing | Pelican Air Charter DWC LLC | Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP | Pratt & Whitney Canada | Remote Diagnostic Technologies Ltd | Rolls-Royce | Royal Jet | Satcom Direct | SATYS MIDDLE EAST | Supreme Jet | Swiss Aviation Consulting | The Wall Street Journal | UAS International Trip Support | UBS Switzerland AG | Universal Weather and Aviation | Universal Weather and Aviation Inc. | Vedder Price | Watson Farley & Williams | Wingman Consultants | Zenith Airways

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