GI Aviation gains AOC from GCAA in Dubai
At the MEBAA Show in Dubai, GI Aviation has obtained its Air Operator’s Certificate [AOC] from the GCAA (UAE General Civil Aviation Authority), enabling the start of commercial flights with its fleet of Pilatus PC-12NG aircraft.
“We are delighted to obtain this approval from the GCAA. Our team have been working hard this past year to deliver a brand new entry level service for business aviation in this region, which has until now been dominated by larger business jets. We have received significant interest from a number of parties who are keen to fly with us. We are focused on the value proposition we offer our clients” said Her Excellency Hafsa Al Ulama, managing director of GI Aviation’s parent company, Global Ideas.
GI Aviation accepted its first eight-seat PC-12NG aircraft this spring. Featuring a spacious BMW DesignWorks interior, it will be the first aircraft of this type to commercially operate in the GCC region.
GI Aviation will take delivery of its second PC-12NG aircraft in January 2017.
GI Aviation is thankful for the work carried out by Hendell Aviation of Finland whose consultancy services were instrumental in helping obtain the AOC.
Matti Auterinen, chairman of Hendell said: “We have been preparing the ground work for the first PC-12NG commercial operation in the Middle East since Q3 2015, calling on our own experience as the first commercial operator in Europe with this type of aircraft since 2013. The GCAA regulations and requirements closely followed EASA with key differences adapted for the UAE and the region. However, the overall compliance environment toward CAT SE-IMC is similar.”
“The very professional framework established in the UAE by the authority is strict, but fair. We are very proud to have been able (for the second time) to participate in the ongoing development of what is a very exciting sector in business aviation,” added Auterinen.
Mohammed Al Katheeri, acting chief operations officer of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “We welcome GI Aviation to Al Bateen Executive Airport and wish them well with their new venture. By bringing affordable, flexible charter options to the market, they open up private aviation to a whole new demographic. We are pleased to be able to help GI Aviation along the road to success and look forward to working with them.”
“At GI Aviation, we are able to serve all the major business and capital cities within the GCC and surrounding region and will also serve popular resort destinations like Sir Bani Yas, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah,” said Marios Belidis, general manager of GI Aviation. “We will provide an exemplary charter service to both the existing charter market and to the executive first / business class traveller looking for an entry into the charter market. We will, on certain short distance city pairs, serve as a real alternative to flying first / business class. Our focus is to ensure that we provide a time and cost effective service which is responsive to clients’ itineraries and requirements, while maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety in our operation. We are delighted to be pioneering a convenient and efficient way of flying for the region and will be taking bookings before the end of 2016.”