MEBAA: Helicopter maintenance boost for Saudi Arabia

Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and The Helicopter Company (THC) have signed an agreement to explore the potential of a rotorcraft heavy maintenance base in the kingdom to support the expanding helicopter industry.

The proposed plans would include new hangars and would aim to develop partnership opportunities with leading OEMs for authorised service centre certification.

“The timing of this alliance is optimal as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is entering a period in which rotorcraft usage is expected to increase significantly in terms of volume and the range applications across both public and private sectors,” said Captain Fahd H Cynndy, chief executive officer, SAEI.

Part of THC expansion includes the impending delivery of six Airbus ACH160s. During the show, THC signed an HCare in-service contract with Airbus Helicopters to cover the new fleet. The package has been tailored to THC’s planned operational needs, providing parts availability services to optimise maintenance planning and service delivery.

“With the helicopter industry expanding in the kingdom, THC is facing high demand from clients for high-quality, safe and reliable services,” said THC CEO Captain Arnaud Martinez. “Our agreement with Airbus will help us to ensure the needs of our esteemed clients are met.”