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SAEI chases AW139 MRO status in the Saudi kingdom
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries has started the qualification process to become a Leonardo authorised service centre for Saudi AW139s. In time it will add AW169 and AW609 TiltRotor services to the arrangement.
Leonardo and SAEI commit to AW139 maintenance support across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

King Abdul Aziz International airport-based MRO Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Leonardo Helicopters that will strengthen the level of maintenance services for the growing fleet of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through this MoA, SAEI will enter a qualification process to be recognised as a Leonardo authorised service centre in the country for the AW139 model and will deliver basic maintenance for the type. The MoA also includes the addition of the AW169 helicopter and the AW609 TiltRotor in the future.

“We are delighted to be appointed as the first authorised Leonardo service centre in the KSA for Leonardo's AW139, AW169 and AW609 types,” says SAEI CEO Captain Fahd Hamzh Cynndy. “I am confident that our industry-leading capabilities will provide airline owners and operators with easy access to reliable, cost-effective and timely services, enabling them to achieve enhanced safety and efficiency while offering superior passenger connectivity and convenience.”

Leonardo managing director Gian Piero Cutillo adds: “We are honoured to partner with SAEI to provide the growing fleet of AW139 helicopters in Saudi Arabia with the level of quality service their operators deserve to maximise the advantages of using the world's best aircraft in its category. We fully share common values and goals on flight safety and efficiency. SAEI's unique skills and expertise in aircraft maintenance services will be highly beneficial for the AW139 operations to effectively and efficiently serve their national communities.”

This MoA demonstrates Leonardo's long-term commitment to the region and aligns with Leonardo's focus on stronger support services and proximity. Enhanced services will help maximise the helicopter fleet's mission effectiveness and safety for the benefit of operators, crews and the served communities.

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