Qatar Executive, The business jet arm of Qatar Airways has strengthened its position as a leader in maintenance services for Bombardier aircraft in the Middle East thanks to two new maintenance approvals.
Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority has granted regulatory approval for the airline’s subsidiary to conduct Line maintenance services for Bombardier Challenger 604s and 605s and the manufacturer’s Global series aircraft.
In addition, Qatar Executive recently received approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands to perform Line and Base maintenance services on similar aircraft registered in the Western Caribbean State.
With this move, Qatar Executive’s Technical Operation is responding to the growing numbers of visiting business jets, which are flocking into Doha on a daily basis as the economy of the country continues to show strong growth, said the Carrier in a press release issued here on Thursday.
The enhanced maintenance service upgrade further underpins Qatar Executive’s status as a Bombardier Authorised Service Facility (ASF) in the Middle East, with its existing Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) and EASA-Part 145 Line and Base certifications to support European- and Qatari-registered Bombardier aircraft.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Akbar Al Baker, who also heads up the airline’s business jet division, said: “Our newly granted authorisations expand our maintenance service portfolio significantly, and will provide Qatar Executive with the flexibility and scope to serve regional as well as international private jet operators from our dedicated hangar facility in Doha.” For private jet owners in the region, the enhanced maintenance capability removes the need to fly their aircraft to distant maintenance facilities which provides significant cost savings on ferry flights.
Additionally, private jets flying through Doha can now make efficient use of their stop in Qatar and have repairs carried out by Qatar Executive, so that downtime can be minimised.
Qatar Executive’s Executive Vice President David Edwards said: “The latest maintenance upgrade is an important step towards establishing Qatar Executive not just as a leading charter operator, but also as a premier private jet Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Facility in the Middle East.” A highly skilled team of professional licensed engineers and technicians is available not just at Qatar Executive’s Doha-base, but can also be dispatched throughout the region to resolve technical defects and aircraft-on-ground issues.
Source : Qatar News Agency