UAE's Gal, China's Catic to setup aircraft warehouse in Abu Dhabi
Commissioning of the 133.7m2 facility set to be located near Abu Dhabi International Airport has been scheduled for Q1 2020
On the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow held at Dubai World Central (DWC) from 17 to 21 November 2019, Global Aerospace Logistics (Gal), an integrated aircraft sustainment solutions provider and China’s state-owned China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (Catic) have signed a contract to launch a warehouse for aircraft spare parts in Abu Dhabi.
According to UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam, the commissioning of the 133.7m2 facility that will be located near Abu Dhabi International Airport has been scheduled for Q1 2020, with the deal being in the implementation phase.
Upon being operational the facility will help boost the availability of spare parts in the region and reduce repair times down from months to weeks.
The announcement was made by vice chairman of Gal, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, and chairman of Catic, Liu Yu.
The agreement will formalise the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was signed by the two companies during HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces’ visit to China in July 2019.
Speaking on the move to set up the facility, Sheikh Mohammad bin Hamad said: "The bonded warehouse facility will significantly boost domestic MRO capabilities, and minimise the logistics associated with sourcing critical components from international vendors, resulting in substantial time savings and enhancing our customers’ fleet availability."
Meanwhile, Wu said: "We look forward to working closely with Gal in the future, and seeing the bonded warehouse facilitate operations across the Mena region."