DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, the only fully integrated business aviation facility currently at DWC, has announced that it has been issued its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17th February 2015: DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, the only fully integrated business aviation facility currently at DWC, has announced that it has been issued its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The proving flight to complete the certification took off from Stuttgart, Germany with GCAA officials on board and landed at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW) located at Dubai World Central earlier this week.
With the AOC in hand, DCAF can now operate and manage third-party business aircraft commercially which includes aircraft charter under the UAE’s A6 registration. DCAF will initially begin its commercial operations with a Bombardier Global XRS aircraft.
Holger Ostheimer, General Manager at DCAF said: “We are extremely pleased to have cleared all the regulatory requirements to receive our AOC. The receipt of the certification culminates over a year’s work and I would like to congratulate and thank the entire team for their efforts.”
“With the AOC, DCAF is now in a position to offer a complete turnkey solution to business jet owners and we believe there is a real demand for such services that require the highest levels of quality and professionalism. Also with this certification, DCAF extends the geographic footprint of the DC Aviation Group which has over 15 years’ experience operating private and business jet aircrafts to airline standards.", Michael Kuhn, CEO at DC Aviation, added.
The certificate marks the latest achievement for the company that has handled over 1000 aircraft movements from its DWC hub since commencing operations.
DCAF has its state-of-the-art hangar, maintenance facility, offices and a VVIP lounge located at its base in Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central.
The hangar offers business jet owners and operators a premium facility to base their assets and the highest degree of convenience and comfort exceeding the expectations of its VVIP guests. Measuring 5,700 square meters, the hangar can accommodate four ACJ or BBJ type heavy business jets, plus two ultra-long range business jets such as the Falcon 7X, Global Express, or Gulfstream G550.
On the maintenance side, DCAF can support maintenance on the Airbus 320, Bombardier Global Express and more recently the Challenger 604/605 series aircraft.
The plus 1,300 square meters exclusive lounge area is designed to international standards and offers local, regional and international VVIP customers the highest levels of comfort and privacy, shower areas and a conference room. With a dedicated ramp parking area spanning 7,700 square meters, the facility also offers the shortest distance from drop-off to aircraft steps, 24/7 on-site immigration, customs and security facilities, and flexibility by having no operational restrictions therefore flying when needed.
DCAF is a joint venture between Dubai-headquartered Al-Futtaim and Germany’s DC Aviation, one of the leading European business jet operators.
About DC Aviation Al-Futtaim
DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) is a joint venture between Stuttgart based DC Aviation GmbH, the largest operator of business jets in Germany and one of the leading operators in Europe and Dubai-based Al-Futtaim, a privately owned UAE business conglomerate. The JV will capitalise on Al-Futtaim's strong fundamentals and presence in the Middle East, and DC Aviation’s global reputation as a premium provider of aircraft management, executive charter operations, business jet maintenance and consultation services. DCAF is the first operation to open a hangar and lounge facility within Dubai World Central.
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