GAL Aviation and MENA Aerospace Form Aircraft Interiors Joint Venture
VIP Airliner Interiors Services Launched in the Middle East
Dubai, UAE, 14 November, 2011 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ GAL Aviation Inc. of Quebec City and MENA Aerospace Enterprises WLL of Bahrain will establish GAL MENA WLL, a joint venture based in Bahrain which will provide comprehensive services for corporate aircraft and VIP airliner interiors design, refurbishment and installation. GAL MENA will set up fabrication and design capabilities as well as carry out training in the particular trades associated with this activity.
Ralph Eisenschmid, MENA Aerospace Enterprises group chief executive officer said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very excited to be involved in the establishment of the regionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first business aircraft interior refurbishment center. GAL Aviation brings a wealth of experience to the venture which, when coupled with MENAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s regional presence, will provide a new level of service and expertise to the regionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s aircraft owners and operators.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Marc St-Hilaire, GAL Aviation partner and vice-president of business development, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The demand for these products and services is very strong. Since GALÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team has a proven track record in working in these areas, we felt it was a natural evolution to join forces with MENA Aerospace to provide the operational platform and regional network from which to deliver these services. This operation will focus on aircraft cabin refurbishment, reconfiguration and warranty programs. This complements our operation in Canada, where we design and produce new aircraft cabin components for major business jet manufacturers.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The services will be provisioned from purpose-built GAL MENA facilities in Bahrain and at its hangar at the Bahrain International Airport, and supported by GAL AviationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s production center in Canada. The companies are confident that GAL MENA WLL will be operational by the second quarter of 2012.
About GAL Aviation Inc.
GAL AVIATION is a member of the GAL group of companies. GAL Interiors specializes in the computer-assisted design, engineering, manufacture and certification of cabin components for business, private and VIP aircraft, for both retrofit and Ã¢â‚¬ËœgreenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ installation. Specifically, this company unit focuses on galleys, lavatories, cabin liners and sheet metal and machining, structural provisions manufacturing and finishing, electronic devices, water system and electrical installations. The company also provides certification and documentation services to FAA, TC and EASA standards. Engineering and design for all equipment also meets these international standards.
GAL Technical provides consulting /outsourcing services in the field of business, corporate, VIP airliners and commercial aircraft. Included in its offering are entry-into-service and field representative support; maintenance planning and control; mobile technical team and project management support for airframe heavy maintenance and modification; quality control and records management; engineering and maintenance programs; aircraft interiors removal, refurbishment and reinstallation; maintenance administration and training, and AOG and warranty programs support.
About MENA Aerospace Enterprises WLL
MENA Aerospace Enterprises WLL is the primary holding company and administrative head for all companies and business units within the corporate group. The corporate group consists of MAE Aircraft Management WLL which holds an Aircraft Operating Certificate issued by BahrainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Civil Aviation Affairs to commercially operate aircraft; MAE Jet Charters Company WLL which sells and coordinates V-VIP and corporate travel on chartered business jets; SA MENA Avionics WLL, an EASA Part 145 & 147, FAA and BCAA approved MRO which specializes in the installation, maintenance and repair of avionic and electronic systems on board aircraft and MAE Aviation Real Estate, a developer and operator of an aviation business center and 6,400 square metre hangar at Bahrain International Airport. MENA Aerospace was established in Bahrain in 2004. The corporate group is majority Bahraini owned, and employs in excess of fifty people at its offices and facilities located in various areas of Bahrain.