Gama Aviation FZC Becomes First Challenger 850 Aircraft Operator Based in the United Arab Emirates

Bombardier receives CofA from United Arab Emirates General Aviation Authority for Challenger 850 jet

Bombardier Aerospace today announced that Dubai-based Gama Aviation FZC, part of the international Gama Group, has become the first customer to register a Challenger 850 jet in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) issued its certificate of airworthiness (CofA) for the Challenger 850 jet on December 16, 2010.

“We are very excited by the addition of this Challenger 850 jet to our growing fleet,” said Dave Edwards, Managing Director, Gama Aviation. “The first CofA for this type of business jet in the UAE demonstrates the growing interest in business aviation in this region and a crowning achievement for our newly launched Middle Eastern division.”

Gama Group is an international business aviation services organization, providing exceptional service and value on a global platform. Gama Aviation FZC has an operating base at Sharjah International Airport with offices in the Dubai Airport Freezone. Established in the United Kingdom in 1983 by Marwan Abdel Khalek and Stephen Wright, the Gama Group is headquartered at Farnborough Airport, UK, and has bases across Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, operating over 75 business aircraft, including two Learjet 45 aircraft, two Learjet 60 aircraft, two Challenger 604 aircraft and two Challenger 605 aircraft.

Gama Group’s companies and affiliates hold EU-OPS, FAA Part 135 and UAE GCAA Charter Certificates; FAA Part 145 Maintenance Approvals; Part 21 Design and Manufacture Approvals; and offer business aircraft charter, management, FBO, maintenance, valeting and aviation software services. Gama Aviation FZC obtained its UAE GCAA Air Operator’s Certificate in February 2010 and now operates five business jets in the region, where it is also progressing work on a new hangar and complementary Fixed Based Operation (FBO) at Sharjah International Airport.

“The certification of Gama Group’s Challenger 850 aircraft is an example of the increasing diversity of the market for business aircraft in the Middle East,” said Bob Horner, Senior Vice President, Sales, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The Challenger 850 jet has established a unique niche, offering unparalleled flexibility in customized configurations for operators worldwide. We are confident that this formidable aircraft will enjoy even more success in this region.”

Challenger 850 aircraft: The Challenger 850 aircraft combines the proven performance and value of the Challenger business jet with the outstanding dependability of a CRJ200 airliner. The Challenger 850 aircraft is a unique solution for executive requirements offering unparalleled flexibility and comfort, taking advantage of the widebody cabin, reliability and maintainability of its airliner heritage. Bombardier’s Challenger 850 business aircraft is certified for operation in 62 countries.

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