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Middle East Business Aircraft Show - November 2008

Following the Moscow Business aircraft show, our representatives have this week been in Dubai visiting the Middle East Business Aircraft Show.

Most of the Arabian Gulf Business Aircraft Operators were represented, either on the static aircraft display or in the main halls. Many European based aircraft operators were also present actively seeking new business.

The number of Executive business jets available for charter from the Gulf grows weekly and includes BBJs, Embraer Legacys Challenger 604s and Lear jets. We have for some time arranged private jet aircraft charter within the region and are confident in growing our business here.

Book signing by Sir Ranulph Fiennes at the BACA luncheon - October 2008

Premier Aviation's MD, Adrian Whitmarsh and Aviation Charter Broker Cliff Marlow recently attended the Baltic Air Charter Association,s (BACA) Autumn lunch, held at the historical Ironmongers Hall, part of London Wall.

Over 200 key players from the Aviation Charter Industry attended including Private Jet Aircraft Operators and Brokers, both passenger and cargo. The guest speaker was the celebrated explorer and climber Sir Ranulph Fiennes who kept the room spellbound with his stories of intrepid hazardous journeys across the two poles.

His visit was sponsored by Tyrolean Jet Services, a high quality Operator of corporate jet aircraft. After lunch all delegates repaired to a local Public Inn where business networking and a few ales were consumed.

Senor Pavarotti - A Concert of Tribute - Petra, Jordan - October 2008

Top artists from the worlds of classical and popular music performed on what would have been Snr Pavarotti's 73rd birthday (12 October) in remembrance of his great talent. The singers, including Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, commemorated the life of late tenor Luciano Pavarotti at a concert, organised by British promoter Harvey Goldsmith, held in Petra, Jordan during October.

Senor Pavarotti was one of our longest standing clients, and we had provided aircraft for all his tours since Premier started. So we were pleased and honoured to be asked by the concert organizers to arrange charters to fly in many of the people involved in this great event. We chartered a B757 airliner for some of the guests and artistes, the production team and TV crew from London to Aqaba airport, Jordan. We also utilised business jet operators from 5 different countries to fly in many of the other artistes performing at the concert and to coordinate their travel between London, Moscow, Mumbai, Vienna, Barcelona & Madrid to Jordan.


Our Managing Director, Adrian Whitmarsh, was on hand in Jordan to coordinate and supervise all flight operations at Aqaba airport and liaise with ground transport, concert production staff & management. Flight operations continued around the clock over the 4 days, with artistes incorporating the visit into their busy tour commitments spanning from Spain in the west to India in the east. Adrian worked closely with Jordanian tour logistics company Discovery to coordinate the transfers of the guests, artistes and production teams to and from the special flights. VIP's attending the concert included members of the Jordanian Royal family, government delegations from other Middle Eastern states and, of course, Pavarotti's home country of Italy.

The artistes were among many others who made the long trek through the mountains to the site of the ancient Treasury at Petra to honour Pavarotti. Other famous names who took part in the three-day commemoration were Sting, soprano Cynthia Lawrence, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and 13 year old Jordanian violinist, Aleem Kandour.


Pavarotti had previously expressed a desire to give a concert himself at the UNESCO World Heritage site and discussed the possibility with members of the Jordanian Royal Family.

In common with Princess Haya of Jordan, Pavarotti was involved in raising funds for UN children's charities and proceeds from this concert, entitled Salute Petra, were for the continued benefit of these charities.
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