DC prepares for Middle East expansion

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By Kate Sarsfield  www.flightglobal.com

DC Aviation is preparing to open its temporary hangar and fixed-base operation at Dubai World Central in the fourth quarter as part of the German company’s offensive in the lucrative Middle Eastern market.

“Initially we will offer FBO services as well as line maintenance in Dubai on German, US and Dubai-registered Bombardier and Airbus business jets. We will add other types as and when there is sufficient demand,” says DC Aviation chief executive Steffen Fries.

DC is starting with a temporary solution of between one and a half and three years at the site “as we are not sure where we will end up [in Dubai]”, says Fries. DC has a fleet of 30 aircraft – a third of which are company owned. It flies three ACJs – two managed and one owned – and is scheduled to take delivery of a fourth managed aircraft at the end of the month, making it the largest operator of the type.

Fries says the company is planning to double its fleet within three years, with emphasis on the midsize cabin sector and above which, he adds, has been less affected by the economic slowdown than its light-cabin stablemates.

The Stuttgart-based company is scheduled to take delivery in the fourth quarter of the first of two Embraer Legacy 650s.

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