Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced that it has signed a new deal with Falcon Aviation Services, the Abu Dhabi-based VVIP jet and helicopter service provider, to open the first VVIP aircraft completion centre in the Middle East at the Aviation District in Dubai World Central, which will have a new wide body Code F hangar which can handle a Boeing 747-800 aircraft and bigger, including a Head of State aircraft.
The agreement was signed by Rashed Bu Qara’a, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Captain Mahmoud Ismael, Chief Operating Officer of Falcon Aviation Services, in the presence of HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of the emirate of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Falcon Aviation Services, during a signing ceremony that took place at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014, which is taking place from February 25 to 27, 2014.
Falcon Aviation Services already operates an aircraft maintenance, management, MRO and service center at Al Bateen Executive Airport, the premier VIP airport in Abu Dhabi. It operates a part of 145 maintenance facility with GCAA and EASA approvals providing in-house and third party maintenance. Falcon Aviation Services is also an approved CAMO organization and provides customized aircraft management agreements tailored to customer requirements. The new facility at DWC, offering enhanced and customized services to its VVIP customers, could begin construction by the summer and be completed by the end of 2015.
Rashed Bu Qara’a, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: “The agreement with Falcon Aviation Services conforms with the vision of the Dubai Government to build world-class facilities that can cater to the growing demand of the regional aviation sector,. The Middle East has the largest concentration of high net worth individuals with a growing demand for VVIP aircrafts in the world. Companies operating from the Aviation District will also have a distinct advantage of being in close proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA). The opening of Falcon’s facility at DWC will enable us to offer more efficient and bespoke services to our elite customers. The Aviation District is an integrated platform supported by world class infrastructure to provide excellent support for general aviation, aircraft manufacturing component fabrication, MROs, training, and other aviation-related businesses.”
“We are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Dubai World Central for the establishment of our world-class VVIP aircraft completion center in the Middle East. We share many common aspirations with DWC and to harness the growing potential of the regional aviation sector is one of them. This will also enable us to position the UAE’s aerospace industry on the forefront of the global map. We look forward to working in close association with DWC that will be mutually beneficial for both Falcon Aviation Services as well as DWC,” concluded Captain Mahmoud Ismael, COO of Falcon Aviation Services.
Formed in 2006 under the initiatives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Falcon Aviation Services has filled the gaps in the aviation sector by providing innovative products and services. It is also an approved Embraer and Eurocopter service center. Falcon Aviation Service operates a fleet of VVIP jet aircrafts along with Bell 412 Helicopters, serving the offshore oil & gas sector. It also provides VIP helicopter charters and tours within the UAE.
DWC is a strategic initiative of the Government of Dubai and is managed by Dubai Aviation City Corporation. Spanning over 140 square kilometers, DWC is the world’s first purpose-built airport city with integrated industry, residential and leisure clusters. A dedicated Aviation District has been designed with both landside and airside access to the Al Maktoum International Airport to capitalize on the opportunities.
DWC is committed to creating a viable aviation industry cluster and encouraging the development of Fixed Base Operators (FBO’s), Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Companies (MRO’s), manufacturers, education institutions, consulting and other aviation-related businesses to service and meet the growing demands of the region.
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