Flydubai becomes first UAE airline to comply with CAR-M requirements
Dubai budget airline, Flydubai, has become the first UAE airline to be approved under the latest airworthiness requirements known as CAR M by the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The newly amended CAR (civil aviation requirements) for the airworthiness compliance of aircraft must be aligned by all UAE airlines by the end of June.
A momento recognising the achievement was presented by the GCAA’s director – airworthiness, Ahmed Salem Al Rawahi,(pictured right) to Mick Hills, Flydubai’s head of engineering & maintenance and comes after the airlne worked in close cooperation with the GCAA to ensure that the engineering structure, manuals and procedures meet the new requirements.
Aviation analyst Saj Ahmad said: “This airworthiness recognition, not only a first for a UAE carrier, demonstrates Flydubai's commitment to developing a mature and responsible low cost airline. Just three years after its launch, Flydubai has continued to rack up accolades and achievements and this new GCAA recognition further cements its performance as a growing low cost airline where maintenance regimes and checks are paramount.”
The airline’s chief executive, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “We are very pleased to receive this recognition, which is testament to the hard work of the team to meet the guidelines set by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the GCAA. As the aviation industry continues to grow, it is important for airlines to work together to align standards and we are proud to be the first carrier in the UAE to achieve CAR M status.”
Al Rawahi said: “New regulations are being implemented by EASA to manage the airworthiness of aircraft operated by airlines. Harmonisation of practices across the world is a major step forward. Flydubai’s processes met the standards set by the new guidelines. The recognition to the industry is a semi-annual practice by the Airworthiness Department to encourage airlines to comply with these new regulations.”