November 28 - Middle East regional air cargo carrier and cargo aircraft ACMI lease operator Maximus Air Cargo has been renamed Maximus Air as the Abu Dhabi-based carrier's president and CEO announced a significant growth strategy.

It is now a significant regional air cargo carrier and cargo aircraft ACMI lease operator, employing more than 200 staff and operating a fleet of eight all-cargo aircraft comprising an Antonov An-124-100Airbus A300-600RP2Fs andIlyushin IL-76TD across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia.

After six years of operation as Maximus Air CargoFathi Hilal Buhazza, president and CEO, said: "Having grown from a local operator to a regional operator with some international trade, we are now ready to turn that business model on its head."

Buhazza adds that Maximus Air is looking to add seven new aircraft to the fleet by 2015, bringing the number to 15.

"At present 50 per cent of our business comes from within the UAE and 50 per cent from outside the country. We want the mix to be 80/20 in favour of international markets and so we are looking to the fast growing regions of the Mahgreb, Africa, Asia and South America," he said.