Air bp has entered a commercial joint venture to provide aircraft refueling, ground handling, and support services at Iraq’s Baghdad International Airport, the company revealed at the Dubai Airshow. Operating as the United Iraqi Company for Airports and Ground Handling Services, Limited (under the name Masil) in partnership with Iraqi Airways, the Al Burhan Group, and Menzies Aviation, the JV has already received an operating license.
“We see a strong future for aviation in Iraq and are excited to be involved in this market and contribute to its future development success,” said Duce Gatora, Air bp v-p of strategy and sustainability. “Fuel supply is a vital component of the airport operation that will add value to airline operators.”
Masil will bring “world-class standards and global expertise to further improve the customer experience, safety, and operational standards at the airport,” according to Air bp, which will also provide workforce training and advice on product quality, maintenance, and health, safety, security, and environmental issues.
“Over time, Air bp and its partners aim to build a strong and sustainable business in Iraq, drawing upon the global expertise of the partners combined with the local skills of Iraqis,” said Gatora.
Air bp claims almost 90 years of history providing fuel for general, commercial, and military aviation customers in the Middle East. The company has a presence in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, either directly or through JVs.