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Abu Dhabi sets up new helicopter maintenance firm

AWAS is formed in a partnership between Abu Dhabi Aviation and AgustaWestland

Abu Dhabi sets up new helicopter maintenance firm

A new helicopter maintenance and spare parts company, AWAS, has been formed in a partnership between Abu Dhabi Aviation and AgustaWestland.

The new partnership will provide expertise, skills and technical and logistic support in the helicopter field, in addition to maintenance for more than 150 AgustaWestland aircraft in the Gulf and Middle East region.

The company, which will be providing its services 24 hours a day, will also cater for the needs of the region's helicopters outside the UAE, news agency WAM reported.

Nadder Ahmed Al-Hamadi, Abu Dhabi Aviation CEO, said: "AWAS's birth will enhance Abu Dhabi aviation capabilities and constitutes a leap forward in the quality of services provided to its customers.

"Taking into consideration that AgustaWestland helicopters are widely used by Abu Dhabi Police, Dubai Police Air Wing, Oman Police, Lebanese Air Force, Royal Jordanian Air Force, and ARAMCO of Saudi Arabia, we will not only be able to expand the coverage of services to our customers, but also attract new customers."

Mark Thistlethwaite, CEO, AWAS, added: "Through its presence in the Abu Dhabi Airport Free zone, AWAS will be able to respond quickly and immediately to our customers' requirements for spares, and also provide helicopter inspection, repair, modifications and overhaul facilities in the UAE, without having to move the aircraft to its manufacturing companies in Europe or the USA."

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