Deal inked for VVIP centre at DWC

The new facility reflects the growing importance of Dubai World Central as a modern hub for all kinds of aircraft

March 2014

Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced 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.

The new centre will have a new wide body Code F hangar that can handle a Boeing 747-800 aircraft and bigger aircraft, including a Head of State plane.

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, member of the executive council of Abu Dhabi and chairman of Falcon Aviation Services.

Falcon Aviation Services already operates an aircraft maintenance, management, MRO and service centre at Al Bateen Executive Airport, and 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. It 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.

Bu Qara’a 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 networth individuals with a growing demand for VVIP aircraft 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.”

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