MEA Q4 2018

8 MEA MARKETS / Q4 2018 , Gama Aviation is a global business aviation services organisation, operating over 230 aircraft, with bases across Europe, the Americas, Asia and theMiddle East. We caught up with Oliver Hewsonwho provided us with a detailed insight into the inner workings of the award-winning company. Flying High Established in 1983, Gama Aviation is a global business aviation services organisation, operat- ing over 230 aircraft, with bases across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. The firm’s headquarters are located at Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom, where Gama Aviation Plc is a publicly listed company. Gama Aviation offers VIP aircraft management and charter, FBO handling and maintenance services, special mission sup- port, consultancy, and aviation software solutions. Their clients include, Governments, Corpo- rations, Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, Heads of State, and Special Mission Organisations. In the majority of cases - aside from public tenders – the firm are approached by their clients via referrals and recommendations. Going into further detail about the firm, Oliver begins by informing us of the strategies Gama Avia- tion employs to achieve success within such a dynamic industry. “Here at Gama Aviation, we make business aviation simple for our aircraft owners and clients by leveraging our organisation’s Scale, Breadth and Depth. Re- cently, we helped an Asia-based Gulfstream owner who had been struggling with a management transfer for an ‘N’ registered aircraft. Using our expertise and process, the client’s challenges were resolved within a two-week period, something it had taken the incumbent three months to debate without conclusion.” When discussing the role staff play in the success of the firm, Oliver is keen to highlight how each member of the team at Gama Avi- ation ensure that they deliver their high-quality services to clients. “Safety is the most critical component of our business, so our clients benefit from access to the industry’s most experienced Postholders in our various Air and Ground businesses, includ- ing departments such as Safety & Quality, Flight Operations, Ground Operations, Senior Man- agement, Engineering and FBO Operations. Our aircraft opera- tion is accredited by IS-BAO and our Sharjah FBO holds IS-BAH accreditation, so our staff work to the highest industry standards and safety procedures. Despite being a global organisation, we ensure our clients have respon- sive access to our local experts.” Looking ahead to what the future holds for the firm, Oliver signs off by revealing the exciting plans which lie in the pipeline for Gama Aviation, especially following their recent success in MEA Market’s Business Excellence as the Leading Aircraft Management and Charter Service Provider 2018 – Middle East. “In the Middle East in 2019, we will be focused on completing the build of our new $40 Million investment at Sharjah Interna- tional Airport which is a state-of- the-art Business Aviation Centre, including 25,000sqm of apron parking, 11,000sqm of hangar space, maintenance facilities, new VIP passenger and crew fa- cilities, and new regional offices for our staff. In addition to this, we are also planning to grow our managed fleet of jets in Saudi Arabia using our GACA Part 125 Operating Certificate: so far our aircraft management services have been received extremely well in the Kingdom and we look forward to helping more aircraft owners with remaining compliant with the new GACA rules.” Contact: Oliver Hewson Company: Gama Aviation Address: Hangar 2, Gate 3A, Sharjah Airport, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Telephone: +97165027703 Website: Oct18128