DAE pays $25mn for Austrian firm

State-owned aerospace group acquires software company F:wz to boost technology offering to customers.

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By  Dylan Bowman Published  March 11, 2008

State-owned Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has acquired an Austrian software firm for $25 million as it continues its push to turn the emirate into a regional aviation hub, the company said on Tuesday.

Flugwerkzeuge Aviation Software (F:wz) develops and distributes cost-optimising flight planning solutions.

"With this acquisition Dubai Aerospace Enterprise and its business unit, DAE Services, takes another significant step toward fulfilling Dubai's vision of building a 'centre of gravity' for aviation and aviation technology services in the region," Omar bin Sulaiman, DAE group managing director, said in a statement.

Bin Sulaiman said F:wz's technology would allow airlines to save time on routes that would help offset the rising cost of fuel.

DAE is building up a conglomerate operating airports and leasing and servicing planes from its base in Dubai.

F:wz Chief Executive Raimund Zopp said DAE's resources would allow F:wz to accelerate its growth and give it a stronger global footprint.

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