Saudi Airlines MRO entrusts AFI KLM E&M with component support for its sister company fleet of Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Paris, Amstelveen, Dubai, 14 November 2017 - Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) has signed an agreement with AFI KLM E&M for full component support for a fleet of Boeing 787-9s. Operated by SAEI's sister company, Saudi Airlines, the fleet will ultimately comprise 21 Dreamliners. AFI KLM E&M will provide component maintenance and repair services, along with the related logistics, as well as access to its spares pools in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
A strategic partnership
SAEI and AFI KLM E&M have been working together since 2004. "This new phase is the start of a different model in the relationship with our suppliers, where our two companies are considering the option of a long term strategic partnership, and to develop industrial activity in KSA following the guidelines of Kingdom's Vision 2030" said, SAEI President, Mr. Jose L. Quiros.
EVP KLM E&M Mr. Ton Dortmans added: "We are delighted with this strengthened cooperation with SAEI, which we are proud to support in this period of rapid development of Saudi aviation in the framework of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 strategic plan."
SAEI is currently one of the leading provider of technical aviation solutions in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, and the Middle East, backed by over 55 years' experience and about 5,000 highly qualified personnel, 92% of whom are Saudi citizens. SAEI has GACA, FAA, EASA approvals, along with those of other regional and international aviation authorities. It provides an extensive, integrated range of MRO services for owners and operators of civilian and military fleets, locally and internationally. SAEI's service offer includes aircraft, engine, and component maintenance as well as limited manufacturing, GSE maintenance, logistics and technical training. SAEI's already developed and accomplished reputation in the aviation sector. SAEI is on the way to capture all commercial services inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in alignment with vision 2030 of the kingdom. These efforts are taking place to position SAEI to become a regional powerhouse in the aviation maintenance and repair sector in the MENA region and beyond. SAEI's ambitions does not stop at providing an excellent service to commercial carriers only, the company's goals are expanding to include defense projects to accommodate the growing demand. SAEI's capabilities have increased to include military aircraft such as MRTT and C130.