RoyalJet to take to the skies


A new charter airline company based in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi will serve customers ranging from royal families to government officials and businessmen, its chairman has announced.

"Royal Jet, a 100 per cent UAE-owned private charter airplane company ... will provide special services ... to distinguished customers wishing to charter luxurious planes for private flights," Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan told a news conference.

Sheikh Hamdan, who chairs Abu Dhabi's Civil Aviation Department, said the firm would also cater for businessmen and provide emergency, cargo and medical flights.

Royal Jet, which launched flights on May 5, will operate from Abu Dhabi International Airport, initially using a 42-seat Boeing Business Jet and two Gulfstream G300 aircraft, which can each carry 14 passengers. Royal Jet, launched with a capital of $85 million, is a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Aviation Company, which operates helicopters in the UAE capital, and Royal Emiri Flights.