By By Douglas Nelms | January 1, 2014
Eurocopter has extended contracts with two Abu Dhabi-based companies to continue providing product support for operations in the Middle East. The agreements with Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) and Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) were signed at the Dubai Airshow.
The manufacturer re-upped its customer support services contract with GAL “to further strengthen Eurocopter’s profile in the United Arab Emirates and enhance the company’s capability to served the UAE Armed Forces,” according to a statement. GAL supplies aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in the Middle East, and provides daily operational and intermediate aviation maintenance for Eurocopter helicopters flown by the UAE’s Joint Aviation Command, to include spare parts, repairs, training and technical publications.
Created in 2006, FAS operates a fleet of helicopters for missions ranging from offshore to charter and aerial photography. It also has a service center at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, providing maintenance for its own aircraft as well as third-party MRO.
Eurocopter displayed the EC175 at the show, along with the EC145 T2. Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s senior vice-president for sales and customer relations, said that the company’s “strategy of innovation” has been applied to Eurocopter helicopters “specifically tailored to the Middle East region’s demanding operating requirements.”