WAM DUBAI: Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aircraft Support Industries (ASI), the Australian firm that specializes in developing aircraft maintenance facilities, systems and equipment, to jointly provide clients with built-to-suit and related services in the design, development and construction of aircraft hangar and maintenance facilities at DWC’s Aviation District.
Under the agreement, DWC will provide the plots at the Aviation District where the aircraft maintenance facilities will be built, while ASI will provide design and construction services, DWC said in a press release.
Both parties also agreed to later sign a joint venture agreement that will set out the details and define the respective roles and responsibilities of DWC and ASI to execute and deliver the services.
Rashed Bu Qara’a, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, said, “Dubai World Central’s MOU with Aircraft Support Industries is a strategically important move that reinforces our ability to provide fully integrated business solutions to our clients.
This partnership consolidates DWC’s core offerings by giving us direct access to world-class expertise and technology that will help fast track development of state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance facilities and equipment within DWC’s Aviation District. A first-of-its-kind aerotropolis in the Middle East, DWC is a strategic initiative of Dubai Government that serves as a one-stop destination for all aviation-related businesses and a platform for global companies to strengthen their foothold in the MENASA region.
Having built a proven global track record in aircraft maintenance for over two decades, ASI will play a crucial role in realizing the vision of DWC and cementing the reputation of the Aviation District as the ideal regional headquarters for leading companies in the global aviation industry." General Manager of ASI, Justin Langbein, said, "Dubai World Central has energized the global aviation industry by unlocking new possibilities for aviation companies worldwide. It has generated global attention with a growing number of aviation businesses now eager to leverage DWC’s dedicated infrastructure and unique multi-modal capabilities to expand and grow their business in the Middle East and other international markets. ASI is therefore pleased to be part of the continuing transformation of DWC as one of the world’s premier aviation hubs. Building on our specialist expertise and extensive global experience, we aim to work closely with DWC to provide world-class integrated services that complement the reputation of Dubai World Central as a center for aviation excellence.” Headquartered in Sydney, Australia with regional offices in the UAE and Singapore, ASI is internationally recognized for its expertise in the design and construction of aircraft hangars and maintenance facilities servicing the global Maintenance, Repairs and Operations (MRO) and Fixed Base Operators (FBO) market. ASI also provides cost-effective finance packages for outright purchase or lease-back of a maintenance facility through its subsidiary ASI Capital.