ADAC & Al Jaber Aviation sign largest tenancy deal at Al Bateen Executive Airport

2010-02-08

Al Bateen Executive Airport the ‘perfect’ base as AJA seeks to extend leadership in VIP aviation services

Abu Dhabi, 08 February 2010: Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has signed a landmark 10-year leasing deal with Al Jaber Aviation (AJA), which will see the new leading provider of VIP aviation based at Al Bateen Executive Airport, in the heart of the UAE capital.

The deal makes Al Jaber Aviation the largest tenant to sign up at Al Bateen – the region’s only dedicated private aviation airport – since ADAC took over the management of the airport in 2009.

Declared as a ‘win-win’ situation for both partners, AJA’s new office space now strategically locates the VIP aviation company in the heart of Abu Dhabi, while – for ADAC – the agreement complements its strategy of diversification of its airports.

According to the agreement, AJA will be signed up for a minimum of 10 years, with the office space having been delivered to the VIP aviation company in three phases. AJA confirmed that the final phase is near completion and the offices will be fully operational within two months.

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On signing the deal, ADAC’s Chief Commercial Officer, Huraiz Al Mur bin Huraiz said: “We are pleased to welcome Al Jaber Aviation as ADAC’s first and now largest tenant at Al Bateen Executive Airport. The deal we are signing today is a clear indication of the growing importance of VIP and private aviation in the UAE capital, as well as the position Abu Dhabi, as a whole, is building as a key destination for VIP and executive travel.

“In addition, ADAC is equally committed to providing as much support to our national VIP aviation operators as needed, in order for them to achieve their expansion plans and build a peerless reputation in the industry.”

Dr. Mark Pierotti, Chief Operating Officer of Al Jaber Aviation described the deal as a reiteration of AJA’s partnership with ADAC, saying it will significantly empower the company’s plans to grow and achieve its development objectives, adding:

“With AJA planning to further build our aircraft fleet, over the coming years, we recognise that Al Bateen combines a strategic location with fully equipped operational, administrative as well as maintenance facilities managed by ADAC – the largest operator of airports in the UAE. Furthermore, basing AJA at Al Bateen will help us continue to deliver world-class services to our elite guests with fast-on-fast-off processing; an advantage that we could not obtain in other international or larger airports in the region.”

“We thank ADAC for their support and their trust in AJA. Our decision to base our offices at Al Bateen Executive Airport, which I understand now makes us the largest leasing tenant, is based on our future plans to expand our activities in the medium and long term.

Editors Notes:

Photo Caption: Huraiz Al Mur bin Huraiz, ADAC’s Chief Commercial Officer, (centre-right) and Dr. Mark Pierotti, Chief Operating Officer, Al Jaber Aviation, (centre-left) sign the leasing agreement.

About Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is a public joint-stock company wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi Government. It was incorporated by Amiri Decree number 5, issued on 4 March 2006, to spearhead the development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure.

In September 2006, ADAC assumed responsibility for the operation and management of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain International Airports. In 2008, ADAC added Al Bateen Executive Airport (an exclusive private aviation airport), and Sir Bani Yas and Delma Island Airports to its portfolio. These airports are geared to serve the various segments of air travellers, the aviation marketplace, and will help contribute to Abu Dhabi’s development as a destination for both business and leisure tourism.

Currently under way the large scale AED 25 (USD6.8) billion re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport is designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 20 million passengers per year. As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed. A new Air Traffic Control Tower is due to be operational in 2010 with the Midfield Terminal Complex development expected to open in 2015.

Al Jaber Aviation (AJA):

AJA is the new pinnacle of VIP aviation based in Abu Dhabi. AJA is part of the Al Jaber Group, the nation’s largest employer (with a workforce of 60,000) and owner of the country’s largest fleet of machinery, heavy cranes and vessels. Through the company’s 40 year history in the UAE, the Al Jaber Group has become a recognized expert in the field of transportation, logistics, manufacturing and construction, and is now applying this experience to AJA Private Jets. With royals, dignitaries, celebrities and the world’s business elite among its guests, the company’s clientele can rely on its intuitive, discreet and impeccable service.

Once delivered the AJA fleet will include:
Two Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliners: The royalty of private jets. Each comes with 32 seats and the largest cabin in its class. There is also a private bedroom and the range to fly anywhere in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Four Airbus A318 Elite: New to the Middle Eastern market, this aircraft comes with 19 seats, a private bedroom and unmatched cabin volume. The Elite is also capable of flying to anywhere in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Five Embraer Lineage 1000: This all-new 19 seater has the longest cabin in its class, a choice of 5 private cabin zones and a range that allows it to fly to Europe and Asia.
Two Embraer Legacy 600: Proudly being the first jet to model the AJA livery, the customized 13-seater alignment, our Legacy 600 can fly non-stop to continental Europe and near Asia.

For more information, please contact:

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Abu Dhabi International Airport

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