DWC to get Mideast’s first VVIP aircraft centre

Signs deal with Falcon Aviation Services

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 Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE President 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.

Falcon Aviation Services already operates an aircraft maintenance, management, MRO and service centre 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 organisation and provides customised aircraft management agreements tailored to customer requirements. The new facility at DWC , offering enhanced and customised 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 partnership with Dubai World Central for the establishment of our VVIP aircraft completion centre 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," said Captain Mahmoud Ismael, COO of Falcon Aviation Services .

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