The agreement focused on the comprehensive support of nacelles for Saudia's 35 Airbus aircraft from the A320neo family, powered by the CFM International* LEAP-1A turbofan engines.
Under this collaboration, Saudia will have access to Safran Nacelles' shared pool of nacelles end-items at any time, ensuring the availability of critical components whenever needed. Furthermore, Saudia will benefit from Safran Nacelles' Original Equipment Manufacturer guaranteed Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) solutions at the AMES** repair station in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Vincent Caro, CEO of Safran Nacelles, said: “We are very proud to be Saudia’s partner. Safran Nacelles is committed to supporting the continuously growing A320neo fleet of the airline, with efficient nacelles and tailor-made service solutions.”
Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of Saudia, said: "We are delighted to embark on this pivotal technical support agreement with Safran for our A320neo fleet's nacelles. This collaboration is instrumental in driving operational efficiency and enabling us to swiftly adapt to our fleet's evolving needs. It exemplifies our commitment to delivering world-class services to our guests and sustaining excellent aviation operations."
This partnership with Safran feeds into Saudia’s transformation objectives, focusing on excellence in operational efficiency through the development and management of the network and fleet, as well as the integration of maintenance systems. Safran Nacelles' repair services and spares resources are a part of the company's NacelleLife™ support program, designed to provide responsive, cost-effective, and high-quality services. The collaborative effort with Saudia showcases the importance of maintaining airlines in peak operational condition while effectively managing operational costs.
* CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE Aerospace.
** AMES is a 50/50 joint company between Safran Nacelles et Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance
Saudia (saudia.com) is the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Established in 1945, the company has grown to become one of the Middle East’s largest airlines.
Saudia has invested significantly in upgrading its aircraft and currently operates one of the youngest fleet. The airline serves an extensive global route network covering around 100 destinations across four continents, including all 28 domestic airports in Saudi Arabia.
A member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), Saudia has also been a member airline in SkyTeam, the second largest alliance, since 2012.
Saudia was recently awarded the "World Class Airline 2024" for the third consecutive year at The APEX Official Airline Ratings™ awards. Saudia has also advanced 11 places in the Skytrax airlines ranking of the World Best Airlines 2023. The Airline also ranked top among global airlines for best on-time performance (OTP) according to a report by the Cirium.
About Safran Nacelles
Safran (safran-group.com) is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 83 000 employees and sales of 19.0 billion euros in 2022, and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap.
Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.
Safran Nacelles designs, integrates and provides support and after-sales service for aircraft nacelles. The company is a global leader in the market for commercial aircraft with more than 100 seats, business aircraft and regional aircraft. At the cutting edge of technology, Safran Nacelles offers nacelles that are ever more integrated with the engine, aerodynamic, lightweight with advanced acoustic treatments to contribute to the reduction of CO2 and noise emissions from aircraft.
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