DCAF breaks ground on second hangar in Dubai South
DC Aviation Al-Futtaim has broken ground on its Dubai South facility expansion, which is scheduled to complete by Q3 2017
DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has broken ground on its second hangar in Dubai South.
The expansion, which is scheduled to complete by Q3 2017, will add 6,800m2 of covered space to DCAF’s existing business aviation terminal at Dubai South.
Upon completion, the second hangar will bring the company’s total land-side plot area to 24,000m2, and its apron area to 13,000m2.
Commenting on the project, Holger Ostheimer, general manager of DCAF, said: “The expansion of our facility demonstrates our commitment to continue our investment at Dubai South, and to ensure our facility and services are in line with the growing demands of our VVIP (very, very important person) customers.
“Since commencing operations in 2013, DCAF has been steadily scaling up its operations, and the company now has four aircraft under management, including two Bombardier Challenger 604 [models], a Gulfstream G200, and a Bombardier Global XRS,” he revealed.
The expansion will more than double DCAF’s hangar capacity, and facilitate the addition of two single-aisle aircraft maintenance bays. It will also provide space for an extra workshop and additional storage.
The expansion will allow DCAF to accommodate a larger number of aircraft, as well as larger models.
Ahmed Al Ansari, acting chief executive officer of Dubai South, said: “We congratulate [DCAF] on the success of [its] operations at Dubai South. The inauguration of their new facility is testimony to Dubai South’s commitment to providing its partners [with] the optimum platform and necessary infrastructure to grow their businesses.”
Located near to Al Maktoum International Airport’s runway, DCAF’s Dubai South facilities, which include 7,700m2 of ramp parking, enables 24/7 support, maintenance services, and the operation of private and business jets of all sizes.
“The expansion will help us further grow our aircraft management business, as well [as] the maintenance side, which currently supports customers operating the Airbus 320 family, Bombardier Global Express, the Challenger 604/605, the Global 6000, and Global 5000 Vision Flight Deck aircraft types,” DCAF’s Ostheimer noted.
DCAF is a joint venture between Al-Futtaim and Germany’s DC Aviation. Its core business areas include aircraft management, maintenance, fixed-base operator (FBO and ground handling, and business jet charter.
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by DCAF board members, and senior officials from Al Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE) and Dubai South.