Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest dedicated cargo aircraft operator, is putting its full weight behind the General Civil Aviation Authority’s drive for safety. The Abu Dhabi based cargo solutions provider, which is part of Abu Dhabi Aviation Group, is hosting and sponsoring a number of safety-orientated events in the UAE. This will include hosting a meeting of the Gulf Flight Safety Committee (GFSC) at Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi and being a main sponsor at the World Food Programme’s two-day global safety conference at Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
The meeting of the GFSC, which will be held next month, is expected to further step up synergy between key aviation industry players in the region. The GFSC has membership of almost 100 organisations from all over the region and around the world, all of who share an interest in the enhancement of regional air safety. These include major manufacturers, regional regulators, airlines, maintenance and repair operations, business jet and VVIP operators, freight operators and many more.
The March meeting will include an opening address from Fathi Buhazza, President and CEO of Maximus Air Cargo and founder of Care by Air followed by debate and presentations on safety issues in the region. The meeting will also include the launch of a dedicated website which will facilitate communication among the members.
Maximus is also set to be a main sponsor next month in a World Food Programme global safety conference held at Emirates Palace Hotel. The conference is under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy and Chairman of GCAA Board and is being held in collaboration with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Fathi Buhazza, President and CEO of Maximus Air Cargo and founder of Care by Air underlined the importance of key players in the region’s aviation industry pulling together with the GCAA in the drive for safety :
“Maximus is committed to spearheading synergy between fellow aviation industry players. We are keen to work with the GCAA to ensure that regional safety standards follow meticulous global standards.”
Adding to this, Buhazza commented
“There has been much bad press about Ukrainian and Russian aircraft when actually the problem lies not with the aircraft but with substandard operators who fall short of international safety standards. Maximus’s fleet includes an Ilyushin 76TD and an Antonov 124-100, which adhere to the highest standards and have proven invaluable in humanitarian missions for the UAE Red Crescent, Red Cross and the United Nations. The GCAA are taking steps with operators who do not meet safety standards and Maximus fully supports this and believes that this firm approach will work.”