Bexair to recieve fourth aircraft

Bahrain’s Bexair is set to take delivery of a Bombardier Challenger 601-3R this month, the fourth aircraft to enter its fleet.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  March 8, 2004

Bahrain’s Bexair is set to take delivery of a Bombardier Challenger 601-3R this month, the fourth aircraft to enter its fleet. The 12-seater 601 joins the Challenger 604 already operated by Bexair along with its Citation Excel and Citation Bravo. Together, the four aeroplanes make up one of the biggest business aircraft fleets in the region. Bexair says that it currently has between 8% and 12% of the region’s private aviation market, and it is looking to boost this figure to 15-20% over the next three years. The Challenger 601, which is a couple of years old, will play a key part in achieving this goal, as it extends the range of services that Bexair is able to offer. “They [Challengers] are the crème de la crème of business jets,” says Mark Lawson, sales manager, Bexair. “They also fit the business because when you are looking at 12 people, which is a normal VIP group, the aircraft suits them down to the ground.” The 601, which has been refitted for Bexair in America, has intercontinental range, and its narrowbody size ensures passenger comfort inside the plane. “You can actually walk around and not feel like you are in a little sardine can,” says Lawson. Bexair is aiming to develop its business across the GCC and especially in Saudi Arabia, which its Bahrain base is well placed to service. “There is a huge amount of business potential in Saudi Arabia for managing and chartering, as well as the rest of the GCC. We want to target the whole region,” says Lawson. Aside from the Challengers, Bexair reports strong demand for its Citation aircraft. These are smaller than the Challengers, seating seven in the Excel and six in the Bravo, but this means that they are quicker to service. As such, they are popular with customers who want to make short hops around the region.”Because it is a small aircraft, you don’t have to hang around for an hour for refuelling, cleaning and all the other things that need doing. You can actually arrive and leave again in 10-15 minutes,” says Lawson. “It’s very flexible, and great for bankers [in particular]. We are targeting bankers who have an authority for taking this type of aircraft, just hopping around the GCC making their appointments.” The company is also looking to expand its aircraft management services. Currently, it manages one aircraft, and it expects to take on a Global Express in addition to this, next year. “We will be expanding rapidly on that as well,” adds Lawson. Further plans for the company include expanding its services beyond the GCC into Iran, Turkey, India and, eventually, Iraq, as well as a possible stock market flotation in 2006. The company’s FBO also expects to be especially busy next month with VIPs flocking to Bahrain to watch the Grand Prix. “Since Bexair is the VIP terminal [at Bahrain International] we will extend our FBO services over the F1 period, providing unique helicopter transfers to and from the circuit when [passengers] travel into the Bexair terminal,” explains Larry Hancey, director of sales & marketing, Bexair.

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