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Dr. Johannes Bußmann (CEO Lufthansa Technik) und Nader Khalawi (CEO SAEI) - © Lufthansa Technik AG

LHT and Saudi Arabian Airlines to Co-Operate

Lufthansa Technik and SAEI sign agreement on component supply. Hamburg to showcase its assets as the place for aviation at the Dubai Airshow until 12 November

On the occasion of the Dubai Airshow 2015, Lufthansa Technik AG and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI), the Aircraft Maintenance arm of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), have signed an agreement to enter into a strategic partnership.

Strategic Partnership

Lufthansa Technik will support SAEI with Aircraft Component Maintenance for Saudia’s A320 and A330 fleet and will further assist SAEI to develop the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) capabilities for Airbus and Boeing Aircraft at SAEIs facilities in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In turn Lufthansa Technik will use SAEI as a subcontractor for those parts SAEI already holds existing capabilities. The partners also intend to jointly market their mutual capacities to third party customers in the region with commercial or military aircraft.

Nader Khalawi, Chief Executive Officer of SAEI, said: “Our strategic partnership with Lufthansa Technik supports our growth plans especially that SAEI has announced the launch of the largest MRO facility in the middle east; we are pleased to extend our cooperation with Lufthansa Technik, a trustful, dependable and innovative partner, on components support for our current and future Airbus and Boeing fleet.”

Middle East Region Highly Important

Lufthansa Technik´s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Johannes Bussmann, explained: “The Middle East region is extremely important for us. We are very delighted and honored to be able to further expand our trustful and reliable cooperation with SAEI. SAEI’s objectives to become a sustainable MRO partner for Middle Eastern operators will be strongly supported by Lufthansa Technik in the future.”

Multi-year contract with Air Arabia for A320 radome maintenance

On the occasion of the Dubai Airshow 2015, Lufthansa Technik AG also signed an airframe related component contract for radome repair with the low cost carrier Air Arabia, based in Sharjah, UAE. The contract runs over a period of three years and covers radome maintenance for Air Arabia’s A320 fleet.

In addition to the repair services, Lufthansa Technik will support Air Arabia as well with spare unit support. The repair work will be done at Lufthansa Technik’s facility in Dubai (Lufthansa Technik Middle East Services).

Richard Haas, Director Sales Middle East & Africa, from Lufthansa Technik, said: “We feel honored by the trust which our partners from Air Arabia have set in us and we are looking forward to welcome Air Arabia as a customer.”
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About SAEI

SAEI is the leading provider of aviation-related technical solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region and the Middle East with more than 5,200 employees. SAEI holds approvals of GACA, FAA, EASA and several other regional and international aviation authorities. THE SAEI offers a wide range of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for local and foreign owners and users of commercial and military aircraft. The SAEI Services include aircraft, engine and component maintenance, as well as engineering, manufacturing, GSE maintenance, logistics and technical training.

About Lufthansa Technik AG

Headquartered in Hamburg, ihe Lufthansa Technik Group is with its more than 30 subsidiaries and affiliated companies and more than 26,000 employees around the globe one of the world’s the most important suppliers for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik is internationally certified as maintenance, production and development specialist. Lufthansa Technik Group offers the entire spectrum of services for commercial aircraft in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.

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