MEA July 2017

MEAMARKETS / July 2017 7 NEWS , “ACG is delighted to have EL AL Israel Airlines, Israel’s flag carrier, continue its long-standing part- nership with ACG by entering into this important transaction,” said Khanh T. Tran, CEO of ACG. “As previously announced in Sep- tember 2016, EL AL Israel Airlines is pleased to enter into these lease agreements with ACG and increase our future 787 fleet to a total of 16 aircraft. The 787 fleet will open a new chapter for EL AL Israel Airlines,” said David Mai- mon, CEO of EL AL Israel Airlines. The 787 Dreamliner is creating re- markable opportunities for airlines around the world and dramatically improving the air travel experi- ence. The 787’s unparalleled fuel efficiency and range flexibility en- ables carriers to profitably open new routes as well as optimize fleet and network performance. The 787 offers passengers pleasing features such as large dimmable windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride. Aviation Capital Group Announces Lease Agreement with EL AL Israel Airlines The agreement with SEHA, the corporate marketing name of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, will give Crawford access to 12 public hospitals and more than five million patients annually as it looks to expand its offering into the wider United Arab Emirates (UAE). 2015 figures published by The World Bank highlight the Middle East as an area of high diabetes prevalence, with almost one in five (19.3%) people aged 29-79 living with the disease in the UAE. That figure is 8.5% higher than in the United States, where the risk of amputations related to infected diabetic foot ulcers is also ex- tremely high. Alongside the SEHA contract listing, Crawford has also an- nounced plans to build its sales presence in Saudi Arabia having agreed a partnership with a new localised distributor. Chris Lane, Crawford Health- care’s Director of Strategy com- mented: “Increasing levels of di- abetes and an ageing population are both global concerns, and key issues that are informing our Crawford Healthcare, the UK’s fastest growing advanced wound care company, has won a key government tender that will see its innovative wound dressings recommended as products of choice by Abu Dhabi’s public health body. international growth story. Our technology-led dressings, devel- oped by our in-house team, are making a real impact on group sales in our existing markets, and we’ve every confidence we can replicate those results in the Mid- dle East.” Cheshire-based Crawford, which was recognised in 2016 with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for its success exporting to the Americas and Europe, recently signed a similar agreement in the US with leading group purchasing organisation, Premier Inc. SEHA’s Senior Charge Nurse (Medical & Surgical), Gul- naz Tariq Mir, added: “Chronic wounds are clearly a major issue in the Middle East, and a treat- ment category we expect will con- tinue to grow in the coming years. The advanced R&D behind Craw- ford’s dressings, as well as their proven success across a number of international markets with simi- lar demographics, made them an ideal choice as we continue to pursue improvements in patient outcomes.” Aviation Capital Group LLC on May 4th announced it has signed long-term lease agreements with EL AL Israel Airlines for two new B787-9s aircraft from ACG’s order book commitment with Boeing and two new B787- 8s on a sale and lease-back agreement. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in February 2018.