Gama Aviation has expanded its aircraft management fleet with the addition of a Cessna Citation CJ2+, Global XRS and Falcon 2000, all of which will be available on the European charter fleet. A brand new type which the company hopes to confirm next week, will take the overall global fleet to over 80 aircraft and the number of manufacturers represented to 11.
In the USA Gama Aviation Inc is adding a number of new aircraft including a Hawker 800 XP, a Gulfstream 450 and a Global 5000. A Citation Excel will be based at Teterboro, and a further Gulfstream 450 and Challenger 300 owned by Latin American clients will be added later this year. All the new arrivals will be available for third party charter through its direct air carrier, Gama Charters, Inc.
In the Middle Eastern region Gama Aviation FZE becomes a subsidiary of the growing Gama Group MENA FZC. The new company structure has been introduced in readiness for the commencement of maintenance services at its new 12,000 sqm hangar facility at Sharjah which provides hangarage and maintenance facilities for business jet aircraft. Gama is now actively in the process of securing its UAE GCAA CAR 145 maintenance approval which it hopes to receive in Autumn 2011. Initially, the approval will allow the company to undertake line maintenance support on its growing fleet of aircraft, thereby mirroring its capabilities in Europe and the USA, as well as base maintenance for number of business jet types.
The UAE fleet currently offers three aircraft for charter including the Challenger 850. Added in December 2010, the 850 is already demonstrating its suitability for the region through regular charters, particularly between the UAE and other GCC states. A sixth aircraft is expected to join imminently and will add a third manufacturer type to the fleet.
Significantly across the bases in Europe, Americas and Middle East, Gama is now Wyvern-approved for its commitment to improving aviation safety. In the USA it has just been accredited with Level 3 SMS, becoming only the second Part 135 business jet operator to be afforded such status.
Participating at EBACE next week (Stand No 354) Gama reports an upward trend since the back end of 2010. “Business clients have not fallen out of love with private aviation, but with a lack of business to chase last year they had no reason to fly. We’ve witnessed a gradual trend in the right direction, with large cabin aircraft still the most requested,” said Gama’s CEO Marwan Khalek. “Aircraft owners’ activity has increased by 20-30% year on year and this can be an indicator of an improving economic climate,” he continued. “Encouragingly, there seems to be renewed interest from the M&A community, which has also started booking road-shows again.”
“We are seeing an increased level of enquiries which bodes well for the recent decision for increased movements at Farnborough Airport. This reinforces our position as one of the largest operators at the airport,” he said. (The airport will be allowed to cater for 50,000 flights every year, progressively through to 2016, almost twice the 28,000 current limit. Weekend and Bank Holiday flights will increase to 8,900 – up from the current 5,000 cap.)
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Trevor will be responsible for continuing to maintain and develop the high quality service offering to Gama Aviation’s client base.
This global business aviation services provider announced a major expansion to its Middle East fleet.