Al Bateen poaches senior ExecuJet manager
Al Bateen Executive Airport, a private aviation airport in Abu Dhabi, has appointed Pauline Smith as fixed base operations (FBO) manager, effective immediately.
Pauline joins from ExecuJet Middle East where for the past three years she has been responsible for the day to day running of its FBO facility at Dubai International Airport.
In her new role, Smith will report to general manager Stephen Jones.
“I feel very privileged and excited to be part of the expanding Al Bateen team and play a key role in helping to make it the internationally renowned, dedicated business and VIP centre of choice,” said Smith.
Pauline started her aviation career 17 years ago with Harrods Aviation at London Stansted.
As duty officer at the company’s London Luton Airport base, she run several departments and oversaw all aspects of VIP aircraft handling. She remained with Harrods for 14 years.
In 2008, she joined ExecuJet and set about delivering and generating new business to its growing FBO and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO ) operations in Dubai. “My experience at ExecuJet, dealing with very discerning and sophisticated clients and working in a very multi-cultural environment will serve me well in this new role,” she said.
“We are delighted to welcome Pauline to the team,” said Stephen Jones. “We have some very innovative plans taking shape for the FBO here that we look forward to shaping and announcing early this summer. Having someone of Pauline’s calibre with her strong focus on customer service will help us tremendously in realizing our plans.”
Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has so far invested US $50 million in turning the 50 year-old military airport into a modern business airport with an impressive VVIP passenger terminal. A further US $100 million has been committed to new hangars, apron enhancements, utilities and runway work.
In 2010, aircraft movements were up 36% over 2009, at 7970. By 2014, ADAC is forecasting 11,700 movements at the airport, which can accommodate up to Boeing Business Jet and Airbus A319-sized aircraft.