‘Landmark’ GE deal cements Sanad’s position as global player in aviation

MRO provider’s services expand to include full overhaul on 315 GEnx engines and quick turn on 237 LEAP engines
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Sanad Aerotech has signed a $136 million 15-year deal with GE Aviation at Dubai Airshow, covering the GEnx and LEAP engines.

Under the agreement, the Abu Dhabi-based MRO company will provide performance restoration overhaul services on the GEnx-1B engine as well as continued time, or quick turn overhauls on CFM International’s LEAP engines for GE.

Effective 1 January 2020, Sanad Aerotech will expand its existing maintenance and repair services to include full overhaul on 315 GEnx engines until 2035, and quick turn on 237 LEAP engines until 2030 at its Abu Dhabi shop.

Mansoor Janahi, CEO of Sanad, described the agreement as a “landmark deal” for the company and said that it “builds on the trust that global OEMs have in Sanad Aerotech”.

Commenting on the agreement, Janahi said: “It also is an acknowledgement of the quality and the output that we deliver as an organisation. This is a recognition of what we’ve built over the last 30 years and it’s a testament to Abu Dhabi’s location as a leader in the global aerospace sector.

“This deal covers two key products; the GEnx and the LEAP engine, which is the most successful commercial aircraft engine in the history of aviation. So it makes us the first shop in the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa region to have this capability.”

At the Paris Airshow earlier in the year, Sanad signed a $6.5 billion nine-year deal with Rolls-Royce.

Janahi said: “We haven’t just proven our capability locally, but also as a truly global player. We’re 100% a global player. In addition to our work with OEMs, we support 18 different airlines across the globe.”

He added that, as a trade hub, the UAE depends on aviation. “I think the MRO industry plays a key role in allowing the Middle East aviation industry to continue to grow, which needs a strong backbone to support the sector,” he said.

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