BAE Systems pushes ABJ at MEBA

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is hoping to generate more sales of Avro Business Jets (ABJ) in the Middle East. The region is already home to the world’s greatest concentration of VIP-configured BAe 146s and Avro RJs. The Bahrain Defence Force recently took delivery of an Avro RJ100, joining two RJ85s; the Dubai Air Wing has one RJ85, with another undergoing conversion; and the Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight has one RJ70. On the commercial side, Abu Dhabi’s Royal Jet operates one RJ85 on VVIP charters, and First Kuwaiti Trading and Construction operates a BAe 146-200 as a corporate aircraft. Speaking at the Middle East Business Aviation exhibition in Dubai, Andy Whelan, Director Sales for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft said: “We intend to build on this strong position and are in detailed discussions with several customers which we hope will lead to further deals in the near future.”

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