French and US aerospace companies expand with new Dubai facilities

Posted on 9 Nov 2015 by Aiden Burgess

French aerospace group Zodiac Aerospace and US aerospace company Parker Aerospace both opened separate facilities in Dubai last week.

The Zodiac Aerospace Services’ Middle East facility is slated to be inaugurated on November 9 during the Dubai Airshow.

The new facility is set to generate more than 100 jobs, which will continue the company’s role of supplying systems and equipment for aircraft.

The Dubai facility will mainly focus on servicing the Group’s products, including seats, oxygen equipment, avionics and electronics, fuel systems, evacuation slides and galley inserts.

The new facility will help to develop and contribute to region’s aeronautics sector, as the French company is set to employ more than 100 people.

CEO of Zodiac Aerospace Services, Christophe Bernardini, said the new Dubai facility will allow the company to better serve the region’s customers.

“The new 4500 square metres site in Dubai South will allow Zodiac Aerospace Services to better serve its customers in the area, by reinforcing repair and logistics capabilities and shortening its lead times,” he said.

Vice President of Aviation at Dubai South, Tahnoon Saif, said Zodiac Aerospace could now harness the region’s growing aviation sector.

“We are happy to welcome Zodiac Aerospace, one of the leading players in the era of modern aviation,” he said.

“By establishing base here, the company can now leverage on Dubai South’s gathering aviation ecosystem, which includes the Al Maktoum International Airport – the world’s largest airport in the making.”

Parker Aerospace expands in Middle East

Meanwhile, Parker Aerospace’s customer-support operations branch has launched a global pooling center in Dubai to respond more quickly to airline service needs in the Middle East.

The US aerospace company has also signed a long-term agreement with Dubai’s Emirates Airline to maintain the carrier’s Boeing 777 and Airbus A330/A340 aircraft and engines.

Under the agreement with Emirates, Parker Aerospace will provide maintenance support to the carrier’s hub and various outstations through its repair station network.

The Dubai warehouse and distribution center is the first in a series of such facilities the US company plans to open worldwide.

The facility’s launch coincides with Parker Aerospace’s expansion of its component support and repair exchange services for its range of hydraulic, flight control and fuel systems for its Middle East customers.

Parker Aerospace selected supply chain management company SDV as its global third-party logistics provider, which will allow customers to receive new products and exchange components directly as part of the Parker- SDV deal.