Eurocopter, Falcon Aviation Services Agree On Maintenance

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United Arab Emirates-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) last week said it inked an exclusive agreement with Eurocopter to make it the sole regional provider of helicopter maintenance services for the helicopter manufacturer. The agreement includes the launch of a Eurocopter Maintenance Center at FAS’s Al Bateen airbase to provide full maintenance services for Eurocopter helicopters in the Gulf region. Under the new pact, FAS and Eurocopter will work closely to develop systems and procedures for the new maintenance center, allowing FAS to benefit from Eurocopter’s global experience and strategic partnerships with some 100 similar facilities worldwide. Additionally, FAS said it was ordering an additional four helicopters from Eurocopter, increasing its fleet from eight to 12.

“The maintenance center is part of our commitment to delivering the highest level of aviation services in terms of quality and customer service,” said Captain Salem Al Kayoumi, chairman of FAS. “Thanks to this agreement, FAS will further position Abu Dhabi as a centre of excellence in regional helicopter maintenance. The creation of the centre will allow us to contribute to the continuing development of the UAE aviation sector and ultimately, the national economy.” Xavier Hay, Eurocopter’s vice president in the Middle East and Africa, added, “There are over 650 Eurocopter helicopters in operation in the Gulf region and demand is increasing. We have been impressed with the level of professionalism and foresight of FAS’s management, and see this as a long-term partnership which ensures that our regional customers receive international standards of maintenance and customer care.”