Abu Dhabi's Falcon breaks ground on $80m VIP aviation centre

VIP jet and helicopter service provider starts work on new facility at Dubai World Central; due to completion by end-2015
Abu Dhabi's Falcon breaks ground on $80m VIP aviation centre
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By Andy Sambidge
Mon 08 Dec 2014 03:46 PM

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, Falcon Aviation revealed detailed plans for the $80 million centre scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

Spread across 13,705 sq m, the facility will provide customised services to VIP customers and will also feature a state of the art hangar equipped to accommodate an Airbus A380.

In addition, it will offer VIP lounges, workshops, offices, and an in-house design studio for its elite clientele.

Al Shafar National Contracting is the builder and main contractor for the project, a statement said.

Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, chairman, 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."

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), added: "DWC's partnership with Falcon Aviation is yet another step towards achieving the UAE's vision. 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 said it has partnered with global market leaders for the development of the completion centre including Bombardier, Integrated Aerospace Alliance, CDG and Rockwell Collins.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, vice chairman and CEO, Falcon Aviation, 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."

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.

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