MEBA Convention News

Hadid Looks Eastward for More Flight-handling Business

 - December 8, 2010, 2:30 AM

Hadid International Services (Stand C246) "can be considered a pioneer in its field. We had no competition for 20 years," Hadid vice CEO Rasoul Taljo, told AIN here at MEBA. The flight-handling company, headquartered in Damascus, Syria, was founded in 1981 by Baha Hadid, who saw an opportunity to develop an aviation services company with a level of customer care that was not available from other providers. Next year, Hadid will celebrate its 30th year in the business.

Hadid opened a Dubai office in 2000 and it is now the company's main aviation headquarters, employing 150 people. Another 100 employees are located in Hadid's other branches around the world, including Damascus, Moscow, Karachi, Tehran, Tripoli, Algiers, Hamburg, London and San Francisco.

After recovering in mid-2009, business aviation in the Middle East region is growing again, Taljo said. This year Hadid's business doubled over 2009. "This is a good indicator that we are past the financial crisis," he claimed.

For its next 30 years, Hadid will continue looking for new locations to serve, and plans call for a push into the Far East market (specifically, Malaysia and China) and eventually South America.

"I think we have a lot of opportunities," Taljo said. "Now we're growing to cover all corners of the world." And while competition in the flight-handling market has grown rapidly during the past 10 years, "Competition gives you the chance to improve yourself," he sai