Honeywell Selects Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries as an Authorized Global Service Center
Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON) has appointed Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI), a world-class full-service maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) organization, to be the first authorized Honeywell service center in the Middle East region with a global license for the 131-9 Auxiliary Power Units (APU) models installed on Boeing 737 Next Generation and Airbus A320 aircraft series. Wholly owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines Holding Co., SAEI is one of the largest and most experienced MROs in the Middle East and North Africa region.
As part of the 10-year agreement, SAEI, from its facility in Jeddah, will provide inspection, repair, overhaul and upgrades for the 131-9 APU models. Owners and operators of these aircraft can now repair their APUs locally in the Middle East, instead of sending them to facilities outside the region.
“SAEI is already an important partner for us, and the company will soon become Honeywell’s first APU licensed service center for narrow body APUs in the Middle East region,” said Mohammed Mohaisen, president and CEO, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Central Asia, Honeywell. “This appointment extends our relationship with SAEI to better serve our customers in the region by giving them access to faster, locally accessible maintenance services. Our strategic partnership supports SAEI’s Saudi Vision 2030 objectives and is further proof of Honeywell’s commitment to localization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
“The collaboration between SAEI and Honeywell to provide authorized service in Saudi Arabia will be hailed by aircraft owners and operators in the Middle East and North Africa region as a promising development,” said Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, His Excellency Eng. Ibrahim Alomar. “At SAUDIA, we are delighted that SAEI has taken the lead in bringing the advanced technology and know-how to Saudi Arabia, enabling easier and faster access to the repair and overhaul of APUs in the region. We hope the move will be considered a huge leap in the Kingdom’s drive to increase local content in line with Vision 2030 goals.”
“We are delighted to be appointed as the first authorized global Honeywell service center in the Middle East region for the 131-9 APUs and proud of our strengthening relationship with Honeywell,” said Captain Fahd Hamzh Cynndy, CEO, SAEI. “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.”
“Our collaboration with SAEI started in 2013, and this new appointment further strengthens our relationship,” said Ryan Lees, president, EMEAI Aftermarket, Honeywell Aerospace. “This appointment is a win for our customers as SAEI is one of the largest and most experienced MROs in the Middle East and North Africa region. Our customers will benefit from being able to repair their APUs locally in the Middle East, instead of sending them to facilities outside the region. This will significantly reduce aircraft downtime, saving them time and money.”
SAEI began its collaboration with Honeywell in 2013 as part of Saudia Group’s SV2020 Transformation Strategy to elevate the company’s business units into leading organizations by 2020. With the completion
of over 100 APU repairs, SAEI has met its business objectives and has renewed its focus on realizing localization ambitions under the Saudi Vision 2030 goals.
Honeywell’s first APU took to the skies in 1950, and the company has built more than 100,000 since then. More than 36,000 APUs are in service today across over 150 regional, executive and commercial applications, including both fixed-wing and rotary-wing.
To learn more about this announcement, please visit Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries at SAUDIA Group Pavilion or Honeywell at booth 1335.
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