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Sanad, Ethiopian Airlines partner to establish MRO centre in Africa

Both airlines will first establish a centre of excellence for the repair and overhaul of auxiliary power units in Addis Ababa

Sanad Aerotech has signed an agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to tap into Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business opportunities in Africa. The two airlines will establish a new MRO centre of excellence in Africa, according to media reports. 

Sanad is a leading provider of MRO solutions. Sanad Aerotech is a part of Sanad, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment, signed the agreement with Ethiopian Airlines, the media reported. 

Ethiopian Airlines is one of Africa’s fastest-growing airlines. Under the terms of the agreement, the initial phase will have both airlines establish a centre of excellence for the repair and overhaul of auxiliary power units (APU) in Addis Ababa. 

Mansoor Janahi, Sanad Aerotech CEO, told the media that, “Sanad continues to push ahead with its strategy of expanding a global presence through strategic alliances with well-established companies that share the same vision for quality and excellence. Our strategic alliance with Ethiopian Airlines goes beyond this announcement, as it provides greater opportunities for us to jointly collaborate and develop mutually beneficial activities across the entire African continent.”

Previously, Sanad had established strategic partnerships with some of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Rolls-Royce, General Electric and International Aero Engines to deliver MRO expertise through various programmes.

Sanad Aerotech has built a global customer base including LATAM Airlines and Asiana Airlines. It is the world’s only independent MRO facility catering to the Rolls Royce Trent 700 engine, a local media reported. 

In 2018, Sanad and Ethiopian Airlines had collaborated on APU capabilities. 

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