Falcon Aviation’s UAE bases now have accreditation from Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to offer MRO on business jets and regional aircraft. The company already has approvals from the GCAA, EASA, Aruba, the Cayman Islands and San Marino.
“This is a significant endorsement for Falcon Aviation to be recognized by GACA and we look forward to delivering the same high level of service and support to customers of Saudi-registered aircraft that we provide to our UAE and international customers,” said Nicolas Tejera, director of engineering, Falcon Aviation. “We are looking forward to welcoming Saudi operators and private owners here in the UAE.”
The endorsement comes as Falcon Aviation is about to complete on a new MRO facility for business jets at Dubai South, DWC Al Maktoum International Airport, complementing its established MRO and headquarters at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi. The Al Bateen facility is being expanded with the aim of becoming a leading center for third-party regional aircraft MRO, supporting Bombardier Q400 aircraft and eventually other types.
“In addition to full C checks we can offer customers line support, parking and hangarage during their scheduled visits to Abu Dhabi and Dubai DWC,” said Ronnie McCrae, service center manager at Falcon Aviation. “We look forward to booking in our first Saudi customers in the first quarter of the year.” The company reports holding “encouraging and positive” meetings at MEBA Show in December 2018.
Falcon Aviation is preparing to open its Dubai South MRO at the end of the first quarter and has expanded its workforce to run the facility.
“Our new business aviation MRO at DWC, which includes workshops, wash bay, landside office space, 13,000m² (139,930ft²) of apron, and plenty of parking space, complements our VIP FBO at Dubai South and heliport (run and managed by Falcon under our AOC),” said Captain Raman Oberoi, COO at Falcon Aviation. “It is part of our goal to create a one-stop shop for business aviation in the Middle East region.”
Falcon Aviation will also be widening its aircraft interior management solutions at its DWC facility – right through to full cabin refurbishment and seating upgrades.