Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has announced a series of strategic partnerships with leading global maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) companies, who will open new facilities at the Aviation District.
The Aviation District at DWC is an intelligently designed integrated aviation district and offers modern-day aviation businesses a unique opportunity. This aviation district will provide excellent support for general aviation, aircraft manufacturing component fabrication, MROs, helicopter modification & maintenance, training and other related aviation businesses. Both airside and landside access and infrastructure has been specifically put in place to maximize synergies amongst the aviation businesses and to provide an unrivaled experience.
With UAE and the wider Middle East region registering exponential growth in aviation, the increasing commercial, cargo and general aviation traffic through the Al Maktoum International Airport will fuel the need for the MRO businesses.
At the Dubai Airshow 2013, Tempus Jet, VVIP interior completion centre and Rotocraft Service Group, Inc. (RSG), a leading provider of rotor and fixed wings aircraft custom interior, air conditioning and engineering solutions have entered into strategic partnerships with DWC to open MRO facilities at the Aviation District.
Rashed Buqara’a, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said: “Aviation District is being developed as a one-stop center for all aviation- related operations. We are pleased to partner with leading MRO companies of the world in line with the vision of the Dubai Government to develop and upgrade world-class facilities that can cater to the growing demand of the aviation sector. The partnerships with Tempus Jet and RSG are major steps in reinforcing DWC’s status as the next generation aviation district.”
Tempus Jet Centers LLC (Tempus Jets), meanwhile, has planned to open a 24,279 sqm VVIP aircraft engineering and interior design center at the Aviation District. The company operates an expansive aircraft maintenance, modification and interior completion facility at Brunswick in Maine, USA.
Scott Terry, Chief Executive Officer, Tempus Jet, said: “The establishment of a center in Dubai forms a vital part of our expansion policy of maintaining a strong international presence and preserving the relationship with our customers who represent the largest concentration of VVIP aircraft in the world. The Aviation District at DWC is an ideal location, as it will offer us an opportunity to explore the Middle Eastern, African and Indian subcontinents.”
As part of DWC’s strategy to establish a helicopter modification & maintenance hub, RSG is planning a rotorcraft modification and completion center – the first in the MENA region – at the Aviation District. The 5,000 sqm facility will be a regional base for RSG to provide helicopter MRO, completions, design and engineering solutions and products. It will support the UAE’s rotor wing market by providing product and service linkages with the Middle East, North Africa, India, and surrounding regions.
Bruce Guillngsrud, Vice President - Sales, RSG, said: “Opening up a facility at DWC is a critical business decision for us as the Aviation District complements our business of providing high quality products and services for the helicopter segment. Our new facility will be a launching pad for us to explore growing business opportunities in the Middle East’s rapidly growing aviation sector.”
The Aviation District is seamlessly integrated within the larger aerotropolis at DWC, a 140 sq km master-planned development with Al Maktoum International Airport as its core. DWC is a strategic initiative of government of Dubai and represents Dubai’s recognition of the aviation industry’s central role in the economic sustainability and diversification of the emirate.