DUBAI: Falcon Aviation, the Abu Dhabi-based VIP jet and helicopter service provider, on Monday broke ground on the Middle East’s first VIP Completion Centre at Dubai World Central, the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis.
In a ground breaking ceremony held at the 6th Middle East Business Aviation (MEBAA) exhibition at Dubai World Central, Falcon Aviation revealed detailed plans for the US$80 million VIP Completion Centre scheduled for completion by the end of 2015. Spread across 13,705 sq m, the facility will provide enhanced and customized services to VIP customers and will also feature a state of the art hangar equipped to accommodate up to an Airbus A380. In addition, it will offer VIP lounges, workshops, offices, and an in-house design studio for its elite clientele.
Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Falcon Aviation, said, “We are proud to offer the first facility of its kind in the Middle East. This is a significant achievement – for Falcon, for DWC and for the UAE. With the boom of the aviation industry in the Middle East, the opening of such facilities puts the region at the leading edge of aerospace technology. Falcon Aviation not only fills a niche in the VIP completion market, providing an exclusive service to aircraft owners and operators in the Middle East, it brings the UAE closer to becoming the global trade hub of the world.”
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), said, “DWC’s partnership with Falcon Aviation is yet another step towards achieving the UAE’s vision. The significance of the project is evident not only in the investment behind it but also the purpose it serves. DWC’s Aviation District is ideally placed to host a project of this scale in that it is well equipped with world-class infrastructure and facilities to support the aviation business, whether it is MROs, FBOs, aircraft manufacturing or training, research and development. The Falcon VIP completion centre not only serves to bridge a definite gap in the market but enables us to redefine standards of success in the aviation industry, worldwide.” Falcon Aviation has partnered with global market leaders for the development of the completion centre including Bombardier, Integrated Aerospace Alliance LLC., CDG and Rockwell Collins.
Commenting on the significance of the project, Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed, said, “Rising competition in the industry and ever-tightening budgets have resulted in a shift in the way aircraft owners and operators are doing business. This is a complex business and we have paid careful attention to assess the needs of our customers.
Our partnership with Dubai World Central is testament to our commitment to providing our customers with the best-in-class facilities and services that will ultimately contribute to the advancement of the aviation industry at large.” The project brings together nearly 80 years of experience in aviation and engineering.
The Falcon Hangar and state of the art completion facility and MRO will be built by consulting architects ARKIPLAN. ASI GLOBAL has been appointed to design the stressed arch hangar while Mabani Steel will fabricate and erect the steel structure. Leading UAE contractor Al Shafar National Contracting is the builder and main contractor for the project.
With a world class MRO and service centre for aircraft manufacturers, Falcon Aviation has been a leading company in the VIP aviation sector since 2006. An approved Embraer and Airbus Helicopter service center, Falcon Aviation 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.