Etihad Aviation Group’s Engineering and Aviation Training divisions have both inked contracts Sky Prime, a Riyadh-based private aviation operator. The contracts were concluded on the sidelines of this week’s Saudi International Airshow.
As per the agreements signed, Etihad Airways Engineering will add Sky Prime to its VIP Aircraft Maintenance portfolio, while Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) will provide the company with pilot and cabin crew training.
Abdul Khaliq Saeed, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “Our team enjoys a strong reputation in the international market for expertise and experience on major commercial aircraft platforms.
“While we have been supporting luxury aviation operators locally for many years, we are now expanding our services to the VIP aviation sector across the region and beyond. Our partnership with Sky Prime is a perfect example of this expanded scope.”
According to the contract, Etihad Airways Engineering will provide Sky Prime with heavy maintenance and cabin modification support that includes Part 21J and Part 21G engineering services. The MRO specialist has already delivered C-checks and cabin repairs to two of Sky Prime’s aircraft.
On the training side, Sky Prime will dry and wet lease EAT’s Full Flight Simulators at Zayed Campus, Etihad’s training facility in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, Crew Resource Management training, a tool for improving air safety, will also be conducted by EAT trainers for Sky Prime’s pilots and cabin crew.
Paolo La Cava, Director of EAT, said: “EAT is looking forward to welcoming Sky Prime instructors and pilots to conduct Airbus A320, A340 and Boeing 777 and 787 training at Zayed Campus. Last year was a strong year following EAT’s relaunch and we anticipate an even stronger 2019 with Sky Prime as our first Saudi Arabian partner.”
Captain Mokhtar, Sky Prime Aviation Services CEO, said: "In line with the Saudi 2030 vision, we are delighted Etihad Aviation Training is helping us fulfil our development strategy. To use their best-in-class training facilities and pilots to train our flying crew will enable us to gain the trust of our customers.”