Falcon to open new aircraft facility at DWC
Dubai, February 26, 2014
Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services has signed a new deal with Dubai World Central (DWC) to open the region's first VVIP aircraft completion centre at the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis.
The new facility will come up at DWC's Aviation District, 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.
A leading VVIP jet and helicopter service provider, Falcon 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, which is also an approved CAMO organization, provides customized aircraft management agreements tailored to customer requirements.
The agreement was signed by Rashed Bu Qara’a, the chief operating officer of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Captain Mahmoud Ismael, chief operating officer of Falcon Aviation Services, at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2014, which runs till February 27.
Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of the emirate of Abu Dhabi and chairman of Falcon Aviation Services, and other officials attended the signing ceremony.
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 said the agreement with Falcon 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.
DWC is a strategic initiative of the government and managed by Dubai Aviation City Corporation. Spanning over 140 sq km, DWC is the world’s first purpose-built airport city with integrated industry, residential and leisure clusters.
He pointed out that 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," he noted.
Captain Ismael expressed delight at the strategic partnership with DWC for the establishment of its world-class VVIP aircraft completion center in the Middle East.
Also an approved Embraer and Eurocopter service center, Falcon 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.
"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," he added.-TradeArabia News Service