Embraer and Sahara Africa Aviation sign pool agreement

Embraer has signed a multi-year pool programme agreement with Sahara Africa Aviation for spare parts and support covering more than 500 components for two recently acquired ERJ 145 jets.

Based at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in South Africa, privately owned Sahara also has the world’s largest fleet of Embraer 120 Brasilia twin-turboprops, operating and leasing out a fleet of 14 E120 aircraft to regional airlines and corporate clients throughout Africa.

The company holds an Air Operating Certificate (AOC) as well as an Air Maintenance Organization (AMO) certification under the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) regulations.

“We are humbled and proud that Sahara has chosen to place its trust in us to support its fleet, further reinforcing Embraer’s commitment to customers in the region with TechCare portfolio of solutions. Embraer’s pool program leverages increased competitiveness providing repairable solutions through reduced lead times and costs allowing Sahara to focus on aircraft operations,” said John Linn, Embraer vice-president customer relationship management, commercial aviation.

“Sahara Aviation has for many years enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Embraer with our existing EMB 120 fleet. As the needs of our clients grew in wanting bigger capacity aircraft, Sahara had no hesitation in turning to Embraer for our ERJ 145 acquisitions. The pool programme was a natural fit that offers a sensible, cost effective and practical parts solution to our business together with their expertise and support in training, monitoring, advice and problem-solving. Sahara looks forward to a bright future underpinned by Embraer’s technical and parts support,” added Trevor Brotherton, Sahara Aviation owner and managing director.

 

Written by: Mark Thomas

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