Gama Aviation FZC, the newly founded Middle East arm of the international Gama Group, is delighted to announce that on the 4th February 2010 following a thorough and extensive process the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has awardedthe Company an Air Operators Certificate (AOC).
Dave Edwards, Managing Director, commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been awarded our UAE AOC. We started the application process in June 2009 and I’m particularly pleased with the speed with which we’ve been able to drive the project forward - it’s a proud achievement for everyone. This Certificate means that we can begin providing our respected and experienced aircraft management and charter services to Middle East clients. Gama’s core strengths of safety, service and experience combined with virtually unrivalled understanding of aviation asset management provides a very attractive option to run their aircraft.”
Marwan Abdel Khalek, the Group’s CEO who founded Gama in 1983, commented: “The UAE AOC marks another significant step in Gama’s worldwide development. We are now the only business aviation group to hold operating licences in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Bermudan Approval. With the addition of the first three aircraft in the region, a Challenger 605, 604 and an 850, it brings our worldwide fleet to over 75 business jet aircraft, which represents models from the Learjet 45 all the way through to the Boeing Business Jet and at every level in between. When I founded the business I always aimed to expand into the region where I spent my childhood, and after sustained growth and development we have now achieved it.”
Richard Lineveldt, the company’s Operations Manager, summed up the news: “This Certificate represents a significant milestone in Gama’s development in the region, but it is really only the starting point. We pride ourselves on the experience that we’re able to offer our clients, in terms of international business aircraft management across all manufacturers and a wide range of types and also most importantly in our substantial collective experience of operating within the region itself – it gives us the confidence to commit to setting the highest possible standards across our business”
Gama Aviation FZC is based at Sharjah International Airport and also has a sales office in the Dubai Airport Freezone.
Source: Gama Aviation