Sudan: Saudi aviation service company announces capital investment
AHBA a fifty year Saudi owned company in Sudan that specializes in aviation services and aircraft handling is undertaking a massive capital investment worth close to SR2,500,000 in equipment upgrades, modernization, employee hiring, training and the enhancement of its service offerings which has been proceeding apace for the past two years. This was announced by Sheikh Mahmoud Ibrahim Zahran, Chairman of the Board of AHBA.
Sheikh Mahmoud, further added, “As the oldest and most well established aviation services company in Sudan that is still in operation since 1955 we have handled all the major airlines who have landed or continue to land at Khartoum International Airport, and this is due to our strength as we are able to harness the wealth of our experience, modern technology and our human resources while keeping in mind our client’s individual needs.”
On the other hand, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Zahran, AHBA Board Member and Director of Business Development at AHBA added, “As peace began to dawn on Sudan we as a company and in consultation with the Zahran Family have decided to undertake this SR2.5 million capital investment in order to provide our clients with the services that they require, and allow AHBA to return to the roots of excellence that were instilled by my late grandfather Sheikh Ibrahim Ismail Zahran who founded AHBA’s predecessor, Zahran Aviation Services in 1955.”
AHBA, with 230 fully trained employees, more than 2,300 square meters of cargo storage space inside the airport, a completely refurbished, upgraded workshop, provides comprehensive services which include counter check-in, boarding services, baggage handling, assisting passenger with special needs, Load Control, ramp equipment coordination, A/C cleaning, safety, technical assistance, cargo acceptance, warehousing handling and delivery.
AHBA is one of the business units of Airhandling & Booking Agency which was established in 1965 by Sheikh Ibrahim Zahran (85% share) and Mr. Mohamed Abdel Kareem Abbas (15% share), which was in turn the successor to Zahran Travel Services which was founded in 1955 by the late Sheikh Ibrahim.
AHBA’s historical and present clients are; Saudi Arabian Airlines (1954 – 1971), when Saudi Arabian Airlines established their own operations in Sudan, Lufthansa has been an AHBA client since 1975, DAS Air Cargo, KLM (due to resume its association with AHBA in Q1, 2005), SAS, Alitalia, Air France – until they stopped landing in Sudan due to past economic and political reasons. In addition to being GSA for SABENA, and Emirates worked with AHBA for two years when they began operations in Sudan.