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Al Tamimi & Company’s Aviation practice forms part of our wider Transport department.

Our Aviation practice provides a full range of legal services to the aviation industry from passenger and cargo claims, employment matters (with the assistance of our Corporate & Commercial employment lawyers), asset leasing and finance to aircraft sale and purchase deals.

Whether as court advocates or legal consultants, our specialist aviation lawyers have a wealth of exposure in handling complex aviation disputes as they arise, the provision of sound commercial advice and drafting of agreements and other documentation with the aim of avoiding ambiguity in order to prevent future disputes.  We also provide alternative dispute resolution solutions and aggressive litigation in the courts when necessary.

We act on behalf of numerous foreign law firms that specialise in Aviation with regard to their UAE litigation and local law requirements.  We also receive instructions from specialist aviation underwriters.  Our close contacts with governmental and regulatory authorities in the UAE enable us to liaise directly with these agencies when required.

Our Aviation Clients

Our aviation clients include:

  • AerCap
  • AIG
  • Air Arabia
  • Al Salam Aircraft Company
  • Aon
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta Airlines
  • Dnata
  • Dubai Aerospace
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Etihad Airlines
  • Expert Air Cargo
  • FlyDubai
  • Gulf Air
  • HSBC Leasing
  • Kalitta Air
  • Korean Air
  • Qatar Air
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Saudi Airlines
  • Sharjah Islamic Bank.
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss Air
  • Willis

Our Aviation Experience

Examples of our aviation experience include advising on:

Aircraft Acquisition/Leasing

  • Aircraft leasing agreements and arrangements
  • Aircraft leasing arrangements and changes of operator
  • Various operating lease transactions for regional airlines
  • The leasing and purchase of Airbus A320 aircraft
  • The acquisition of Embraer, Challenger and Gulf Stream private jets
  • Aircraft engine lease and maintenance agreements
  • Aircraft/asset financing
  • The USD1.2 billion non-recourse senior debt financing for the procurement, launch and testing of a two satellite communications system
  • The financing of Airbus A380
  • Financing for the acquisition of a Challenger 601-1A and registration of security in the UAE
  • Conventional and Islamic aircraft financing for the acquisition by an Indian airline of Airbus 310
  • The registration of a mortgage over a private aircraft in the UAE

General Corporate Advice and Drafting

  • Aircraft operator’s agreements, laws and regulations pertaining to the registration and deregistration of aircraft in the UAE and aircraft attachment
  • Various aspects of military aircraft working within the jurisdiction
  • The negotiation of Aircraft Operation and Maintenance agreement between local owner and operator
  • The establishment of Flight Training School with Emirates
  • A joint venture for development, production and industrialisation of medium altitude long endurance unmanned airborne systems
  • UAE registration and GCAA operational requirements
  • The licensing and set up of a new aircraft company at Abu Dhabi Al Bateen Airport
  • The licensing of new operator at Dubai World Central Airport
  • The Air Medical transportation agreement on behalfof a UAE Health Authority
  • Islamic and traditional finance advice to banks and finance houses concerning security interests in various Airline transactions
  • UAE employment, human resources, insurance, transport, pension, competition law, international conventions and application within the UAE and general corporate advice

Dispute Resolution

  • UAE litigation and arbitration matters concerning cargo claims, personal injury claims and aircraft damage claims
  • the seizure and arrest of UAE based assets of foreign Airline
  • a claim arising from the collapse of wheel carriage at Dubai Airport
  • a claim with regard to the destruction of Airbus Aircraft in Abu Dhabi
  • cargo and Personal injury claims


Meet the Team