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FAI rent-a-jet takes off in Dubai

25. March 2012

In a bid to promote and expand its services, German Air Ambulance Specialist and VVIP-Jet-Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG recently opened a new Branch Office in Dubai´s Jumeirah X2 Lake Tower. The Austrian Trade Commissioner reports.

In a bid to promote and expand its services, German Air Ambulance Specialist and VVIP-Jet-Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG recently opened a new Branch Office in Dubai´s Jumeirah X2 Lake Tower. Austrian national Barbara Baumgartner, FAI´s long time Middle East Representative heads the office. She is supported by two additional staff members. The FAI rent a jet is slated to use the Dubai office as a base to co ordinate all its aviation activities throughout Middle East, Far East and Asia. On querying Ms. Baumgartner about choosing Dubai as a base for FAI to coordinate its aviation activities throughout Middle East, Far East and Asia, she is quick to reply, “The reason for choosing UAE as our hub is because we fly most of our patients to/from UAE in the Middle East. Also we primarily undertake a lot of evacuations- Dubai is logistically well located for carrying out evacuations, for eg:- Afghanistan and Iraq."

In order to understand the potential of FAI Dubai’s services, it is important to understand its business activities in the region. FAI-Dubai holds a local business license to support and coordinate the Charter activities of its German headquartered mother company, which holds a worldwide valid EU OPS 1-Air Operator Certificate (AOC), a TRTO-License (flight training) as well as an EASA Part 145-Maintenance Certificate.
Moreover, FAI Germany is also offering Aircraft Management and CAMO-Services to Aircraft Owners in the UAE. With a fleet of currently 20 Jets, FAI is operating one of Europe´s largest fleet of Business Jets, employing more than 150 people at its home base- Nuremberg, Germany. Another important development of FAI Dubai is the recent addition of a Learjet 60, a fully dedicated air ambulance aircraft, permanently based in the UAE. This aircraft, together with German Medical team, can accommodate 1 patient in addition to 2 escorts. This aircraft is equipped to operate and carry the patient to any point in the world. It is stationed at Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi.

Brief profile of FAI rent a jet:
FAI rent-a-jet AG (dba FAI Flight-Ambulance-International) was founded in 1986 as a 100%-subsidiary of a private club under the company name of IFA-Flugbetriebs GmbH. In the year of 1989 the private club sold the company by an outsourcing process and the company‘s name was changed into FAI. Since that time the company was owned by the Axtmann-Family’s Holding and is fully independent.
FAI‘s total fleet is consisting of 22 aircraft (3 ea. Learjet 35A + 1 Learjet 40 XR + 7 ea. Learjet 55 + 4 ea. Learjet 60 + 1 Falcon 900 DX EASy + 1 CRJ 200 + 3 ea. Challenger 604 + 2 Global Express Ultra Long Range Jet). One of the 3 ea. CL 604 is leased out to Nomad Aviation, Switzerland.

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