Al Futtaim to set up aviation services unit at DWC
Dubai, December 8, 2010
Dubai World Central (DWC), the region’s only aerotropolis, has inked a key agreement with Al Futtaim Services Company, a regional conglomerate based in the UAE, to set up general aviation services at the DWC Al Maktoum International Airport.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation, and Omar Abdulla Al Futtaim, vice chairman, Al Futtaim Group signed the agreement on the sidelines of Middle East Business Aviation 2010, the region’s premier business aviation show.
Al Futtaim intends to enter into a JV with DC Aviation, a leading business jet operator in Europe, which will provide a wide range of services from its upcoming facility at DWC airport, including business jet charter, aircraft maintenance and aircraft management.
Al Futtaim Services facility, expected to launch operations in the third quarter of next year, will host and service a fleet of varied aircraft, including Airbus A319 Corporate Jets and Bombardier Global Express, and initially occupy an area in excess of 6,000 sq m.
This new partnership represents another milestone in Dubai’s ongoing development as a global aviation hub,” said Sheikh Ahmed after signing the deal.
“The entry of the Al Futtaim Services Company into the general aviation segment is a key component of our long-term growth and expansion strategy,” said Omar Al Futtaim.
“We have carefully chosen a strong partner on our side. The long-term business relationship with DC Aviation assures us of a great prospect for this exciting project. The unique capabilities available at DWC are a perfect fit with our plans to become a leading aviation services operator in this young and dynamic region.”
“This partnership will further support the development of Dubai World Central and, specifically, DWC Al Maktoum International Airport,” said Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation.
“Following the launch of cargo operations at DWC Al Maktoum International Airport, which upon completion will become the largest airport in the world, we now look forward to the introduction of general aviation services as well as passenger operations,” Al Zaffin remarked.
Rashed Buqara'a, chief operating officer, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said the launch of general aviation services would complement perfectly the existing and upcoming components of DWC, which provides multimodal transport, global connectivity and operational predictability in a fast-cycle business environment.-TradeArabia News Service