Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jetexpects to appoint a consultant by the end of the year for the estimated AED 150 million ($40.9 million) project to build a new terminal for its executive jet services at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Four unidentified international firms have been shortlisted for the design contract, which will take about nine months to complete (MEED 2:7:04).
The new facility, known as a fixed-based operation (FBO), will comprise six VIP lounges, an aircraft hangar initially capable of accommodating four Boeing Business Jets (BBJs), and a 3,000-square-metre headquarters building for Royal Jet. The facility, to be built on the eastern side of the airport next to Abu Dhabi Aviation, is due to be complete in 2007. Speaking at MEED's recent Major Project Opportunities in Abu Dhabi conference, Royal Jet's Hanan Sayed Worrel said that the executive jet carrier was planning to acquire more aircraft over the coming 12 months. The airline's current fleet includes a new BBJ and a new Gulfstream300. Royal Jet is owned equally by the Emiri Flight and Abu Dhabi's Department of Civil Aviation.