Second hangar for DC Aviation Al-Futtaim

By Shereen Shabnam

 

Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) broke ground on a major expansion of its facility at Dubai South. 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.

 

DCAF is the first and only fully integrated business aviation facility based out of Al Maktoum International Airport located at Dubai South (formerly Dubai World Central) with a dedicated hangar measuring 5,700sqm and a 1,300sqm exclusive VVIP lounge area designed to international standards offering customers the highest levels of comfort and privacy, shower areas and a conference room. 

 

Scheduled for completion by Q3 of 2017, the new hangar will add 6,800 sqm of covered space to the existing DCAF business aviation terminal at Dubai South bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000 sqm and the apron area to 13,000 sqm.

 

The expansion will more than double the hangar capacity as well as enable DCAF to add two single aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment storage. It will also significantly increase the number and size of aircraft, which can be accommodated at the facility

 

Keeping in mind the region’s premium customers, Holger Ostheimer, General Manager, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim reiterates that the expansion of the facility demonstrates their commitment to continue investment at Dubai South and to ensure their facility and services are in line with the growing demands of VVIP customers.

 

“Since commencing operations in 2013, DCAF has been steadily scaling up its operations and the company now has four aircraft under management including two Bombardier Challenger 604 and a Gulfstream G200 and a Bombardier Global XRS,” he added.

 

“The expansion will help us further grow our aircraft management business as well the maintenance side which currently supports customers operating the Airbus 320 family, Bombardier Global Express, the Challenger 604/605, the Global 6000 and Global 5000 Vision Flight Deck aircraft types.”

 

According to Ahmed Al Ansari, Acting CEO, Dubai South, the inauguration of the new facility is testimony to Dubai South’s commitment to providing its partners the optimum platform and necessary infrastructure to grow their businesses.

 

He added, “This milestone also serves to corroborate our strategy of building a comprehensive ecosystem dedicated to the aviation industry, thereby fulfilling the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in ensuring that Dubai takes its place globally as the aviation capital of the world.”

 

Dubai South and Al Futtaim share a strategic history that dates back to when they were the first partners to establish base in Aviation District.

 

DCAF’s core areas of business include Aircraft management, Maintenance, FBO and Ground Handling and Business jet charter.

 

Located in a prime position just off the airport’s runway, the DCAF’ existing facilities and 7,700sqm dedicated ramp parking enables 24-7 support, maintenance services and operation of private and businesses jets of all sizes.

 

DCAF’s business jet charter clients will benefit from the operator’s fleet size and variety ranging from efficiently sized Learjet 40 to the 46-seater Airbus 319 Corporate jet and a 24/7 operation designed to provide immediate response to requests.

 

 

 

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