The FINANCIAL — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft on December 15 welcomed Amman, Jordan-based Arab Wings, and its joint venture partner Iraq Gate of Arasat, Baghdad, to the family of CRJ Series aircraft owners and operators.
Iraq Gate commenced service in March 2015 with its first CRJ200 aircraft, adding two more in recent months. Iraq Gate will initially operate the aircraft, which were acquired by Arab Wings from a third party, on several domestic routes from Baghdad. Other domestic and international flights within and from Iraq are scheduled to follow, according to Bombardier.
“The excellent economics of the CRJ200 regional jet are ideally suited to meet the increasing transportation demands of Iraq’s active oil and gas sector,” said Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh, Chief Executive Officer, Arab Wings. “As the first business jet operator in Iraq, Iraq Gate is now benefitting from the addition of the dependable and reliable CRJ200 regional jet as it offers scheduled, charter and ad hoc services throughout the country.”
“The CRJ200 aircraft enables Iraq Gate to offer our VIP clients and executives increased flexibility, superb range and an exceptional flying experience,” said Sameer Hdairis, Manager, Business Development, Arab Wings.
“Bombardier is thrilled that Arab Wings and Iraq Gate have joined more than 60 airlines and over 60 corporate customers that fly our CRJ Series aircraft around the world,” said John Kassis, Vice President, Sales, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The CRJ Series aircraft have been instrumental in revolutionizing regional route networks, and we are confident that the CRJ200 aircraft will be the optimal solution for Arab Wings and Iraq Gate’s expansion plans.”
Arab Wings’ fleet currently includes three Bombardier Challenger 604 aircraft and one Global 5000 aircraft that the airline utilizes to meet clients’ travel needs in the region and worldwide.
Regional aircraft manufactured by Bombardier have made significant advances in the Middle East and Africa where approximately 130 Q Series turboprops and 70 CRJ Series regional jets are in service with, or have been ordered by, over 50 customers and operators. Customers in the region have also placed orders and commitments for 37 all-new C Series aircraft.
Bombardier’s customer support network for commercial aircraft in the Middle East and Africa includes Regional Support Offices (RSO) and Regional Parts Depots in Dubai and Johannesburg, as well as Authorized Service Facilities in South Africa and Ethiopia. Operating from the company’s regional office located in the United Arab Emirates, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s sales and marketing team is well positioned to provide industry-leading solutions to its current and prospective customers.
During the Dubai Airshow held in November 2015, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding and is in discussions with Abu Dhabi Aviation to work towards the establishment of Abu Dhabi Aviation as an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for Q Series aircraft. The final agreement between Bombardier and Abu Dhabi Aviation is subject to acceptance of commercial terms and a final technical audit. When a final agreement is reached, Abu Dhabi Aviation will become the first ASF for Q Series aircraft in the Middle East and will offer line and base maintenance services. The company would also support operators in surrounding regions.