Posted on: 30 September 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) and National Air Services (NAS) of Saudi Arabia are expanding their existing collaboration and have signed a ten-year co-operation agreement, which will see LHT provide engine and component maintenance services for the entire NAS fleet.
NAS Tech, the new maintenance subsidiary of NAS, will build up capabilities for line and light base maintenance of narrowbody aircraft, especially for the Airbus A320 family and Lufthansa Technik will support the process with engineers and technical advisors. Once established, the service portfolio of NAS Tech will also be offered to local customers.
Commenting on the agreement and its significance, Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, CEO of NAS Group, said, "This agreement is the result of negotiations between the two companies [lasting] more than one year, and we are proud and happy of this partnership with Lufthansa Technik admiring the ability of NAS to expand and absorb such advanced technology."
August Wilhelm Henningsen, chairman of the executive board of Lufthansa Technik, added, "Over the past years we have developed an intensive and trustful partnership with NAS. The new strategic agreement is a logical step to enhance the co-operation to the benefit of both companies. This long-term contract will establish state-of-the-art technical services in one of the most important growth markets of the region."
At its home airport, the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, NAS is currently investing to establish maintenance facilities, including a hangar and a maintenance workshop. Lufthansa Technik will train NAS Tech maintenance staff to achieve international licence standards in the coming years.
Lufthansa Technik and NAS originally signed a five-year contract for Total Component Support TCS for the NAS fleet in 2008. This fleet includes aircraft in the Airbus A320 family and also the Embraer 190/195, which are in service with NAS subsidiary NAS Air. In this way NAS was the launch customer for E-Jet work at Lufthansa Technik.