Emirates and Sanad MRO agreement 'to benefit UAE aerospace industry'

Agreement between Mubadala subsidiary and Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre cements boosts UAE’s position as a global aero-engine MRO player
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Sanad Aerotech, a subsidiary of Mubadala, rounded off the Dubai Airshow by signing an agreement with Emirates Airline, through its MRO division, Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre (EEMC).

The signing between two of the UAE’s aerospace key players will see Sanad and EEMC collaborate to establish aero-engine centres, repair and training capabilities, knowledge sharing and technology collaboration.

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Mohammed Jaffar Nasser, Emirates’ senior VP of EEMC, said the deal will deliver “substantial benefits to the UAE aviation industry”.

Mansoor Janahi, Sanad Aerotech CEO, said: “This also marks the beginning of a productive collaboration between two of the UAE’s largest homegrown aviation and aerospace companies that can turn the nation’s aspirations of a global-leading UAE-based MRO hub into reality.”

At a maintenance facility at Al Warsan in Dubai, EEMC provides aircraft engine MRO services to the Emirates fleet.

Last week, Sanad signed a $136 million 15-year deal with GE Aviation, 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.

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