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Maximus Air Cargo receives operators certificate

Maximus Air Cargo has become the latest aircraft operator to receive the UAE Air Operators Certificate (AOC), issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

Maximus Air Cargo has become the latest aircraft operator to receive the UAE Air Operators Certificate (AOC), issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

The airfreight company, which is based in Abu Dhabi, currently operates a fleet of Antonov 124, Illyushin 76 and Lockheed Hercules aircraft. In addition, it recently acquired two Airbus A300-600F converted freighters, signalling its intent to diversify from the outsized market.

We have always taken a keen interest in this region's economic welfare, particularly supporting the opportunities present in the cargo aircraft and aviation support services sector," said Fathi Hilal Buhazza, president and chief executive officer, Maximus Air Cargo.

"Our philosophy is rooted in offering our customers responsive, practical and cost effective solutions, which combine a personal approach with innovative customer service," he added.

Maximus Air Cargo previously operated with an A6 registration under GCAA procedures and standards, which limited the number of regions and countries it could fly to.

"Maximus Air Cargo has been operating under its own MXU call sign since 2005, and hence an organisation in place that meets the GCAA's related requirements for a considerable period already. The GCAA awarding Maximus Air Cargo with an AOC is an essential but logical milestone in our corporate development," asserted Buhazza.

Currently, one of the Lockheed aircraft possesses AOC with the second to receive certification during this month. The airfreight company has targeted October for AOC clearance for both its Airbus A300-600RF aircraft.

Following the recent aircraft acquisitions Maximus Air Cargo hopes to cement its position in the regional aviation sector. Highlighting the GCAA's stringent standards as holding a valuable reputation worldwide, Maximus hopes to build on its services between the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.

"As the aircraft are established on our Air Operator Certificate and applied to the market, we will quantify the reaction and respond quickly. A market as diverse as the one we serve needs equally diverse applications and because customer service is next to safety as our top priority, we are constantly looking for ways to improve," said Buhazza.

Lockheed L-382: the facts

After a successful check-flight, detailed inspections and thorough examination by UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Maximus Air Cargo has phased into commercial service its first registered Lockheed Hercules L-382.

The aircraft features a new propulsion system, with four Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 engines, which generates 29% more thrust while increasing fuel efficiency by 15%. Its advanced avionics technology includes liquid crystal display (LCD) instrument readouts for aircraft flight control, operating systems and navigation.

"The introduction of the Lockheed Hercules freighter to our fleet completes Maximus Air Cargo's portfolio of all-cargo aircraft with increased capability to offer reliable short notice solutions for virtually any cargo aircraft requirement," said Fathi Hilal Buhazza, president and chief executive officer, Maximus Air Cargo.

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