Empire Aviation Group gains San Marino AOC


Empire Aviation Group has become the first Middle East company to be awarded Air Operator Certificate by the San Marino Civil Aviation Authority.

The San Marino AOC enables Empire Aviation’s registered aircraft to perform worldwide commercial air operations regardless of the aircraft base. EAG also holds a United Arab Emirates AOC and the company currently manages a fleet of 25 business jets with bases in Dubai, Oman, Nigeria, India and Hong Kong.

The CAA presented the AOC to Empire Aviation San Marino at a recent ceremony held in San Marino. The ceromony was attended by the EAG executive directors, Paras Dhamecha and Steve Hartley.

Paras Dhamecha of Empire Aviation Group, said: “We are delighted to become the first Middle East aviation company to be granted an AOC by the San Marino CAA. It represents the beginning of the next stage in the company’s evolution and will support the development of our worldwide commercial operations for managed aircraft based outside the UAE. It gives us the flexibility to base and charter our managed aircraft from anywhere in the world. We are already looking at our first aircraft under the San Marino AOC and expect to announce details of this, in the very near future.”

Marco Conti, director general of San Marino CAA added: “The CAA congratulates Empire Aviation on becoming the first company from the Middle East to be awarded an AOC. We are delighted to welcome Empire Aviation to the San Marino Aircraft Registry and look forward to supporting the company’s international development and expansion.”