Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced on Monday that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and is in discussions with Abu Dhabi Aviation to work towards the establishment of Abu Dhabi Aviation as an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for Q Series aircraft. The final agreement between Bombardier and Abu Dhabi Aviation is subject to acceptance of commercial terms and a final technical audit.
When a final agreement is reached, Abu Dhabi Aviation will become the first ASF for Q Series aircraft in the Middle East and will offer line and base maintenance services. The company would also support operators in surrounding regions.
“As the fleet of commercial aircraft continues to grow in the Middle East, we are pleased to be working with Bombardier to extend our MRO activities to cover the Q Series turboprops,” said H.E Nadir Al Hammadi, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Aviation. “Q Series turboprops have proven to be rugged and reliable aircraft in our hot desert environment and perform admirably at the most challenging airports in the region, so we look forward to adding them to our maintenance portfolio and increasing our support to operators in the region.”
“We are very excited to be in discussions with Abu Dhabi Aviation and look forward to having our long-standing customer and operator of Q Series aircraft join our network of Authorized Service Facilities,” said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “As a successful operator of Q Series aircraft and a seasoned MRO provider, Abu Dhabi Aviation is ideally positioned to offer maintenance services to the increasing number of operators in the region.”
Abu Dhabi Aviation is the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East. The operator’s current fleet also includes two Q400, three Q300 and two Q200 turboprops. The carrier’s main activities relate to the support of offshore oil, engineering and construction companies.
More than 1,100 Bombardier Q Series aircraft are in service with over 150 operators around the world.