Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation companies specialising in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, is further broadening its MRO expertise having obtained GCAA approval to start Bombardier Q400 base maintenance in its Fixed Wing Hangar at its Al Bateen Executive Airport HQ, Abu Dhabi.
It will support its own six-strong fleet of Q400 NGs, three of which are operating on the AOC of Qazaq Air in Kazakhstan, serving domestic routes in the country. Qazak Air will bring one of its Q400s into Al Bateen for maintenance in the next few weeks.
“We are delighted to have this accreditation to carry out base maintenance and provide MRO on the Q400NGs,” said Falcon Aviation COO Captain Raman Oberoi. Falcon Aviation’s fixed wing and rotary wing MRO at Bateen Airport already holds capabilities for Embraer and Gulfstream Business Jets; the Pilatus PC-12, Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopters and Bell Helicopters.
Falcon Aviation is also marking three successful years’ flying on its fixed wing oil and gas operations with daily flight services operated by two Q400NGs – between Al Bateen and Das Island, and between Al Bateen and Zirku Island.
The service, which started in September 2015 to serve demand from the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has grown from an initial 61,000 passengers in its first year to 187,000 in 2016, increasing to 215,000 passengers during 2017. Today, the route supports 12 flights daily, back and forth, carrying 700 passengers a day.