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Dubai Airshow: Sanad and EGYPTAIR Maintenance & Engineering agree MRO partnership

Sanad, EGYPTAIR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING Forge Powerful Partnership to Enhance Engine MRO Capabilities in Egypt
photo_camera L-R: Mansoor Janahi, managing director and group chief executive of Sanad, and Yehia Zakaria, chairman and chief executive of EGYPTAIR Holding Co.

Sanad and EGYPTAIR Maintenance & Engineering have signed an MoU for MRO services for a diverse range of commercial aircraft engines and components in Cairo.

The collaboration was sealed at the Dubai Airshow and supports accelerated growth in a dynamic African and Middle Eastern market.

Egypt’s aviation sector has rapidly evolved into a driving force within the nation’s economy, with growth trajectory poised for even greater acceleration over the next 20 years.

Notably, within Africa, the engine MRO market’s value is projected to double from US$1.2 billion in 2023 to US$2.4 billion by 2033, highlighting the robust demand in this rapidly growing market (source, oliverwyman)

The collaboration between Sanad and EGYPTAIR Maintenance & Engineering will enable both entities to deliver enhanced MRO services, working closely to meet the growing demands for engine servicing.

This strategic partnership is set to offer enhanced engine testing and MRO services, including the convenience of in-house engine part repairs, extending not only in Cairo but also at Sanad’s state-of-the-art facility in Abu Dhabi.

This innovative alliance is well-positioned to significantly expand both organisations’ customer base, bringing them closer to their customers in Africa and the Middle East.

Within the framework of this strategic agreement, both companies are committed to pooling their substantial expertise and resources into this collaboration.

Sanad, with over 35 years of experience will provide operational and engineering expertise, while EGYPTAIR Maintenance & Engineering will contribute workforce and technical capabilities, leveraging its state-of-the-art engine MRO facility in Cairo.

Mansoor Janahi, managing director and group chief executive of Sanad, said: “This strategic move aligns with our overarching strategy to expand our global footprint.

“The prospect of enhancing our MRO services in partnership with EGYPTAIR Maintenance & Engineering leverages our combined expertise to expand engine MRO services across the burgeoning Middle East and Africa markets.

“By uniting Sanad’s engineering excellence, OEM relationships and market expertise with EGYPTAIR Maintenance & Engineering’s technical proficiency, state-of-the-art engine MRO infrastructure and extensive capabilities, we are poised to transform engine MRO services for our customers across the Middle East and Africa.

“We look forward to embarking on this successful partnership, which will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of MRO services.”

Yehia Zakaria, chairman and chief executive of, EGYPTAIR Holding Co., said: “This partnership is not only about industry advancement but also emblematic of the robust bilateral relationships nurtured by both nations.

“These relationships are underpinned by a shared vision on numerous regional matters, fostering a diversified and sustainable strategic economic partnership that is continually growing.

“This collaboration not only enables mutual growth opportunities but also brings both entities closer to their customers, thus strengthening the global aviation supply chain.”

Walid El-Khafif, chairman and chief executive of EGYPTAIR Maintenance & Engineering, said: “As we embark on a transformative collaboration with Sanad, we solidify our commitment to delivering exceptional engine MRO services, thereby making a positive impact on our industry and the customers we serve.

“By working closely with Sanad, we anticipate our combined technical expertise and capabilities will unlock mutual growth opportunities and broaden our customer base in Egypt and beyond.

“We are excited about the prospect of establishing an MRO Centre of Excellence in our nation’s capital and are fully dedicated to collaborating with Sanad to bring this monumental development to fruition for the African and Middle Eastern aviation sector.”

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