Middle Eastern carriers now have a local option for APU maintenance

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Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) will service the manufacturer Honeywell 131-9 auxiliary power units (APUs) for Boeing 737 NG and Airbus A320 narrowbody aircraft. Under an agreement signed at Dubai Airshow on November 14th, Saudi Arabian Airlines Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul is the first Honeywell authorized service center in the Middle East with a global license to support APUs.

Under the 10-year agreement, SAEI will perform the inspection, repair and overhaul of the 131-9 APUs from its facility in Jeddah. This will save airlines in the Middle East the cost and expense associated with shipping to facilities outside the region.

“The SAEI-Honeywell collaboration to provide authorized services in Saudi Arabia has been recognized as a promising development by aircraft owners and operators in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Ibrahim Alomar, general manager of Saudi Arabian Airlines. “At Saudia, we are pleased that SAEI has taken the lead by bringing the advanced technology and expertise to Saudi Arabia and providing easier and faster access to repair and overhaul of APUs in the region. We hope the move will be seen as a big step in the UK’s effort to increase local content in line with Vision 2030 goals.

SAEI has been working with Honeywell since 2013. According to Mohammed Mohaisen, President and CEO of the US manufacturer for the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Central Asia, the agreement is a testament to his commitment to localizing product support capabilities in Saudi Arabia.


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