Focus: Hadid growing support to a global client base
Pioneering in flight support for over 30 years, Dubai-headquartered Hadid has turned its focus to a higher level of support services, and extra care for business aviation flights which has led to expanding its global presence farther.
Hadid is strengthening its business structure around the world by opening branches in the USA, India, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Malaysia, Brazil, South Africa and recently added Ethiopia. The market dynamics and economic potential of these countries, as well as growing interest in HADID’s services in the mentioned regions are the main factors that stand behind the decisions. This brings the company’s global footprint to a total of 19 offices.
Strengthening the company’s presence in Brazil and the USA from the office in Virginia for example, provides an excellent foothold to expand into the markets of the Americas. Hadid has already been supporting clients in those regions for many years and it only made perfect business sense to intensify presence to support operations there. This move facilitates serving its clients better with local staff and means of communication. Not to mention that this also raises the level of support to the international operators who will benefit from smoother, more personalized and refined concierge services on the ground.
Hadid started opening offices by choosing places where it is difficult for operators to act, or where there is a need for local representation for example in the MENA region. Locating offices in the MENA region is a strategic move when considering the business aviation market is estimated to be worth more than $500 million and is expected to grow by 15 % in 2014, according to Ali Al Naqbi, the founding chairman of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).
The association expects the MENA market to be worth about $1.2 billion by 2018, and the number of registered aircraft in the region currently exceeds 500 and will see at least another 700 aircraft join the fleet by 2020. The partnership with Wallan Aviation was the key behind the need to open flight support services in Saudi Arabia, both companies found that putting hands together will be a great opportunity for successful business, and for complete support to the international operators who are landing in or flying over Saudi.
The company will also offer its international services to its Saudi operators who are flying worldwide either for business or for leisure using the complete flight planning system, and its prestigious concierge services.
“Hadid concluded decades ago, that Africa posed some of the main challenges for business aviation. Our very first office started in Senegal, next Algeria, Libya, Niger with an exclusive contract with ANAC(Niger CAA), South Africa, and recently Ethiopia. We have seen a promising growth that is still increasing in Africa accompanied by strong Asian investment in the continent, the plan is to cover the continent within a year” said Issa Zuriqi, regional director (Africa-Asia-Australia), pictured left.
Hadid’s expansion in Asia started four years ago through their current offices in India and Pakistan with the latest addition of Sri Lanka. The company is in the process of opening a representative office in Kuala Lumpur, moving towards their main plan for 2015 to launch an office in China and recruiting more Chinese professionals to their operations team.
Hadid continues to grow in response to its clients’ needs. This aggressive expansion allowing the company to better serve and more efficiently handle its operations internationally.