New deal may make Abu Dhabi Airlines servicer for Bombardier's Q Series
Bombardier and Abu Dhabi Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work toward that goal, pending the acceptance of commercial terms and a Bombardier audit to approve the safety and technical aspects of Abu Dhabi Aviation’s service facilities.
Abu Dhabi Aviation will become the first authorized service facility (ASF) for Bombardier’s Q Series turboprop aircraft operating in the Middle East when the final deal goes through. The airline will offer a full set of line and base maintenance services for the aircraft, which would support other aircraft operators in the region as well.
"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," Nadir Al Hammadi, Abu Dhabi Aviation chairman, said. "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."
There are more than 1,100 Bombardier Q Series aircrafts operating around the world, which presents a great opportunity for Abu Dhabi Airlines.