ROYAL JET SIGNS DEAL WITH MBC GROUP
Advantages of private jet travel recognised by region’s leading Satcaster
Abu Dhabi 24 September 2011: Royal Jet - the international luxury executive flight services company based in Abu Dhabi and chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan - announced that MBC Group is the latest company to recognise the business benefits of private air travel.
Shane O’Hare, Royal Jet President and CEO signed an agreement with Sam Barnett, MBC Group’s Chief Operating Officer, whereby MBC will have a long-term block charter arrangement with Royal Jet.
“We are delighted to forge this relationship with MBC, adding another leading regional blue chip company to the ranks of organisations who recognize that private aviation – and Royal Jet’s world class service - is a highly attractive option for travelling executives,” said O’Hare. “In its simplest term, MBC recognizes that time is equal to money.”
Also present at the ceremony held in Royal Jet’s Headquarters were Royal Jet’s, Chief Financial Officer, Richard Roth, Vice President Commercial, Fahad Wali and Director of Protocol, Nasser Al Dhaheri. From MBC were Muhammad Rashed - Director of Executive Office, Mazen Hayek- Group Director of PR & Commercial and Sharif Badreddine - Commercial Director.
“I praise the growth and success of Royal Jet and I look forward to enjoying their exceptional world-class standards of product and service excellence,” said MBC Group Chairman, Sheikh Walid Bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim.
Sam Barnett- MBC Group’s COO reinforced Sheikh Al Ibrahmin’s views, saying that MBC values this arrangement with Royal Jet and aspires for a mutually beneficial collaboration.
O’Hare added that MBC joins a growing number of regional organisations in recognising how the utilisation of private aviation among others adds the benefit of direct routes and short sectors allowing more time to be devoted to actually getting business done.
“In addition this mode of travel affords more privacy, greater luxury and comfort which results in a more pleasant and productive journey,” he said. “It is great that MBC Group see private jet travel as a business tool that makes actual, real and accountable contributions to the company.”
About Royal Jet:
Royal Jet, the international luxury flight services company, is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi Aviation and the 'Presidential Flight Authority' the royal flight service. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Royal Jet is chaired by His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who also serves as Minister in the UAE Federal Cabinet.
Royal Jet's business expansion plans have been created to find the best solutions to address the ever-growing and changing demand in the aviation industry. Its fast-growing fleet of jets includes six Boeing Business Jets, which makes Royal Jet the world's largest single BBJ operator; two mid-range Gulfstream 300s; a long-range Gulfstream IVSP; a Lear Jet 60 and an Embraer Lineage 1000.
Royal Jet's product offering spans several operations including; luxury air charter services: Royal Jet Charter Brokerage, which provides travel solutions through sourcing the appropriate aircraft for charter through a network of carefully audited operators; Royal Jet Medical Evacuation Service, with state-of-the-art equipment and highly-qualified, skilled and dedicated medical professionals; aircraft management and acquisition consultancy aimed at delivering optimum returns; and its award-winning Fixed Base Operations (FBO) /VIP terminal at the Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Royal Jet is a founder member of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), promoting the interests of the regional business aviation industry, and a member of the NBAA, MedLink (a service of MedAir Inc.) and the Flight Safety Foundation.
About MBC Group
MBC Group is the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World which was launched in London in 1991 and later moved to its headquarters in Dubai in 2002. Over the past 20 years, MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group that enriches people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. Based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, MBC Group includes 10 television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour movies), MBC3 (children’s entertainment), MBC4 (entertainment for new Arab women), MBC Action (action series and movies), MBC Persia (24-hour movie channel dubbed in Farsi) , Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel) and MBC DRAMA coinciding with the Group’s 20th anniversary, and offers 24/7 Arabic Drama; the Group also includes two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialized documentary production unit. It has also several online platforms: www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, and www.shahid.net, the first free VOD portal in the Arab world.