Air Works India is evaluating options to this year establish greenfield maintenance, repair and overhaul centers in the Middle East.
“The Middle Eastern countries have a huge fleet of business jets and helicopters. We are examining local partners in stable countries like the UAE, Qatar and Oman in this region and we would like to tap the growing market,” Vivek N. Gour, Air Works' managing director, tells Aviation Week.
Between each of these countries, the aircraft fleet is more than that of India, which has about 450 business and general aviation aircraft.
The company plans to invest up to $5 million to establishing MRO centre in the Middle East. “Initially, we will put in $1 million for the purpose,” Gour says.
Airworks has already signed a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) to set up an MRO facility at Al Bateen Executive Airport.
“This partnership will be highly beneficial for both parties. It provides Air Works access to world-class infrastructure at the airport to provide high-quality MRO services to business aircraft in the region. In turn, Al Bateen will be able to add a critical element to its portfolio in its quest to offer a full suite of products and services to its customers,” Gour says.
ADAC has invested $50 million in turning the 50-year-old airport into a state-of-the-art business aviation facility. Further funding has been committed to new hangars, apron enhancements, utilities and runway work.
In 2010, aircraft movements were up 36% from 2009, to 7,970. By 2014, ADAC forecasts 12,000 movements at the airport, which can accommodate aircraft as large asor narrowbodies.
“Air Works and Al Bateen are a natural fit, we each share the same philosophy: to offer exceptional products and service to our customers” says ADAC General Manager Stephen Jones.
Al Bateen is also the home to the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies, a multi-million-dollar project for airport and aviation training.