Gerry’s dnata expands offering; launches line maintenance services in Pakistan

Gerry’s dnata, Pakistan’s leading ground services provider, has expanded its offering. The company obtained Maintenance Organization Approval from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority to provide aircraft line maintenance services to airline customers, and now offers a one-stop-shop of ground handling, cargo and technical services at the airports of Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE) and Islamabad (ISB).

Gerry’s dnata’s team of professionals can provide full line maintenance support and are trained on customers’ company procedures, providing a seamless service to both passenger and cargo airlines.

The launch customer is flydubai, which Gerry’s dnata already serves at four airports in Pakistan providing a range of ramp and passenger handling services to the airline and its customers.

Syed Haris Raza, Vice President of Gerry’s dnata, said: “As Pakistan’s leading ground handler, we constantly enhance our offering to best meet the needs of our customers. We are confident that our airline partners will welcome the expansion of our portfolio and take advantage of getting quality and safe ground handling and technical services from a single provider. Our team of highly trained, seasoned professionals will deliver world-class quality and safety for our valued customers.”

Mick Hills, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance at flydubai, said: “We are looking forward to expanding our relationship with Gerry’s dnata to include line maintenance services in Pakistan. Having a single, local provider to oversee our line maintenance, as well as ground handling, will add more efficiencies to our fleet management and ensure a quicker turnaround of our aircraft.”

Gerry’s dnata have the capability to handle the following aircraft types for scheduled, unscheduled and AOG services: -Airbus A319/A320/A321 NEO (CFM LEAP-1A).

-Airbus A318/319/320/321 (CFM56).

-Airbus A319/320/321 (IAE V2500).

-Airbus A330 (RR RB 211 Trent 700).

-Airbus A330 (GE CF6).

-Boeing B737-600/700/800/900 (CFM56).

Over the past year, Gerry’s dnata has continued to enhance its operations and services to deliver the highest level of quality and safety and help airline customers safely transport passengers and precious cargo to and from Pakistan. It made significant investments in infrastructure, technology and equipment, including the opening of a new, state-of- the-art cargo facility in Lahore which doubled the company’s cargo handling capacity at the airport.

Gerry’s dnata’s quality of service helped it win or retain over 20 contracts with key accounts across its network. The company also achieved prestigious industry certifications, including GDP and IATA’s ISAGO accreditation, which validate its capabilities and place the business in a market leading position.

Gerry’s dnata serves more than 20 airline customers at seven Pakistani airports. The company’s team consists of over 2,500 dedicated aviation professionals who assist more than seven million passengers and handle 150,000 tons of cargo annually.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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Dubai continues to combat money laundering

Dubai Public Prosecution is continuing to combat money laundering and related crimes in cooperation with law enforcement agencies and local and federal authorities. Courts in the emirate have issued various sentences in cases that will serve as deterrents to money laundering-related crimes. The sentences included imprisonments for periods ranging from nine months to eight years, confiscations worth a total of AED306,000 and fines amounting to over AED15 million.

In the first case, the Criminal Court sentenced a defendant to three years imprisonment for the charge imposed on him as well as a fine of AED14.76 million. According to Counselor Ismail Ali Madani, Senior Advocate General – Head of Public Funds Prosecution, the defendant committed the crime of money laundering an amount of AED14.76 million by transferring, using and concealing the truth of the proceeds, the location of its origin as well as the manner of its disposition. The amount was obtained by appropriating public funds related to proceeds from a large number of damaged replacement cards that were misappropriated from the branch of a company specialised in communications where the defendant worked as a sales executive.

In another case, the Criminal Court sentenced four defendants to imprisonment ranging from three months to three years, deportation from the country, and payment of an amount equivalent to AED210,000. A fifth defendant, a legal person, was fined AED300,000. Counselor Ismail Madani stated that the defendants misappropriated an amount of AED2.5 million belonging to a foreign woman.

In another case that reflects the relentless efforts of the Public Funds Prosecution to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, the Dubai Misdemeanors Court sentenced a defendant in absentia and another three defendants in person to six months imprisonment for the charge of fraud, one year imprisonment for money laundering, confiscation of any funds owned by the three defendants equivalent to a total amount of AED96,000, and their deportation from the country. Three other defendants were acquitted.

Counselor Ismail Madani said that the concerted efforts of authorities facilitated the quick gathering of evidence, which in turn enabled officials to take the necessary action to ensure the speedy and accurate completion of investigations as well as the issuance of deterrent penalties by the court. This cooperation reflects the high priority placed on combating money laundering, which is criminalised under Federal Law No. 20 of 2018 on Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting the Financing of Terrorism and Financing of Illegal Organizations, as well as other related crimes in this field.

Source: Emirates News Agency