Posted on: 01 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Saudi Arabia carrier, Nesma Airlines, has taken delivery of its two first ATR 72-600s which are part of a lease agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE).
The airline is developing regional connectivity in the Kingdom with the support of the national government.
Nesma Airlines and ATR have also signed an 8-year Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA), under which ATR will provide comprehensive technical support for the aircraft. The deal includes a spare parts inventory on lease at the airline’s premises, access to ATR’s spare part pools offering upfront exchange and timely availability, and single channel management by ATR of the maintenance, repair and overhaul of propellers, engines, landing gears and LRUs (Line Replaceable Units). The GMA includes also a direct delivery of such equipment to the customer’s premises through a tailored door-to-door service.
Additionally, ATR will also handle airframe maintenance for C-checks and calendar inspections of the aircraft. The GMA is designed to help the airline to ease maintenance costs and tasks, while providing accurate and timely services and the expertise and knowledge from the aircraft manufacturer.
Faisal Al Turki, chief executive officer of Nesma Airlines (left in photo with ATR CEO Patrick de Castelbajac), declared, “We are honoured to receive our first regional aircraft and start developing short-haul connectivity in Saudi Arabia with these versatile and efficient aircraft. The ATR 72-600s have proven their robustness and suitability for all types of regional operations worldwide, and have also become a reference in terms of comfort and leading-edge technologies”.