About Us


Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) provides aviation offshore oil support and other services worldwide and in particular for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's oil and gas production companies. The company also provides VVIP passenger transportation services, Search & Rescue for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), crop spraying, aerial construction, seismic support, fire fighting in Europe and third party maintenance support.

ADA is the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East and currently operating a fleet of 61 aircrafts, 57 helicopters comprising AgustaWestland AW139, AW109, Bell 412, Bell 212 models and 4 Bombardier Dash-8 series turboprop transport aircraft. ADA employs a staff of over 1000, including over 150 Pilots and 283 Engineers/Technicians for operations.

Key elements in all the Company's decisional and operational processes are its Quality and Safety Management philosophy and systems. ADA has held the prestigious Helicopter Association International's Platinum Award of Safety since 2006. The Company exceeded 1,000,000 helicopter flight hours with an enviable safety record - especially given the extremely high number of offshore takeoffs and landings - each offshore helicopter averages seven cycles per hour. This level of activity demands the highest caliber of flight and maintenance crews supported by a noteworthy quality assurance and training regime.

ADA continues to expand its reputation as a specialist aircraft maintenance company servicing both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft - both in-house and as a significant provider of third party maintenance services. The company has fixed and Rotary wing contracts for heavy maintenance and the modification of some of regions major helicopter fleets, as well as a number of maintenance support contracts with the UAE Armed Forces.

In addition to its UAE Civil Aviation authorizations, ADA also holds international maintenance and quality certifications from prestigious regulatory authorities, which includes: The European Aviation Safety Authority 145 (EASA), the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America (FAA), the Presidency of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (GACA), and the International Standards Organisation ISO 9001:2000. The Company also secures maintenance authority from a number of regional aviation regulatory agencies when required.

As well as its important maintenance work, ADA continues to provide a number of humanitarian and support services on a year-round basis. These include aerial application missions, aid relief support in disaster areas, including medical evacuation when required. ADA worked Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) for 6 years to provide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), which covered Jeddah and Mecca throughout the year including the Ramadan period and Hajj, utilizing 7 helicopters.

ADA has supported and continued to support on and offshore oil production and mining exploration in Ethiopia, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea support throughout the region and beyond. Contract negotiations are well under way for expansion into the South American and Far Eastern markets. Additionally, ADA expects even more growth to come from the expansion of the Company's maintenance, repair and overhaul activities.

The Company has continued to expand its business into other markets as well. It is a 50 percent equity holder for a VVIP jet company, Royal Jet, www.royaljet.ae , which is the award-winning world's largest commercial operator of Boeing Business Jets (BBJ). In addition to its BBJ fleet, Royal Jet operates a varied fleet of other business jet aircraft (Falcon / Challenger / Gulfstream), to suit the requirements of its elite clientele.

Another growth area for Abu Dhabi Aviation is the specialized heavy-jet air cargo market. In 2008 ADA acquired a medium-size company based in Abu Dhabi that specializes in global cargo operations, Maximus Air Cargo, is now fully owned by Abu Dhabi Aviation. www.maximusaircargo.ae. Among many other obvious advantages of having a fleet of heavy-jet transport aircraft available within the Abu Dhabi Aviation operating group, it also provides ADA the ability to position its helicopters around the world with an assurance of cooperation and control.

Abu Dhabi Aviation has built its own simulator, which will cover the training needs of all of its Clients in the UAE and MENA region. Clients in the Middle East will be able utilize this training facility instead of going to European facilities. To expand this business, Abu Dhabi Aviation has constructed a separate state of the building to facilitate the simulator and will develop to become an international hub for helicopter training. This would help build a different platform, type ratings on different aircraft, and manufacturers can use the simulator and be able to cater for different clients.