6 February 2013 (Bangalore, India): Empire Aviation (EA), a new private aviation specialist and a sister company of Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group – the Middle East’s leading private aviation company – has announced the launch of its comprehensive range of business aviation services for private aircraft owners in India. The one-stop shop approach covers aircraft sales, aircraft management, flight operations and charter. Empire Aviation took its first business jet under management in India in December 2012. The 2012 model Bombardier Challenger 300 is based at HAL Airport in Bangalore, where EA opened its first office in India recently and where there is already a team of six aviation specialists on the ground. EA is currently in negotiations for a further three managed aircraft and plans to have five aircraft under management in India by mid 2013, with the team doubling in size over the same period. Paras Dhamecha, Executive Director at Empire Aviation, comments: “The Indian economy is proving robust and with more Indian companies globalizing their operations, we see a healthy future demand for our services, where we can fill the gap for a professional management company, which can simplify the ownership process and experience for owners. This will also help further stimulate the market for business aviation.” There are still some challenges facing the development of private aviation in India. According to Empire Aviation, the current tough regulations on aircraft importation and ownership are slowing market development, and airports are becoming busier and running close to capacity. However, the company is very optimistic about its prospects in the growing market.