GAL, a regional provider of integrated aircraft sustainment solutions for military and civilian customers within EDGE Group has announced the signing of an agreement with global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions company Sanad to provide Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine maintenance services.

The announcement, made at the Dubai Airshow, will support GAL’s Performance Based Logistics contract with UAE Air Force Air Defence (AFAD). The company is wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala),

The agreement establishes a new foundation for the delivery of MRO services for the Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines which power the UAE’s Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet. GAL and Sanad will provide MRO support to service the engines, reducing current turnaround time and shop visit costs by eliminating the need to ship engines outside the UAE.

Supporting the UAE’s “burgeoning aviation sector”

Khalid Al Breiki, President of Mission Support at EDGE, and Managing Director of GAL, said, “We look forward to working with Sanad to facilitate ongoing growth across the UAE’s burgeoning aviation sector. This is a strategically important partnership between two national entities which has great significance for indigenous future technologies, supporting local talent and capabilities, and ultimately contributing to the UAE economy. As the region’s leading MRO provider, we continuously take pride in collaborations which may support the ongoing defence initiatives within AFAD and the UAE. Sanad’s contributions to GAL will be another key component in delivering cutting-edge maintenance capabilities within the region.”

Mansoor Janahi, Deputy Group CEO of Sanad, added: “As the latest milestone in Sanad’s long-standing MRO services journey, this agreement marks a major step in our strategic long-term collaboration with GAL and EDGE. Having established market-leading MRO expertise by servicing leading global OEMs and airlines, Sanad’s extensive engine MRO infrastructure and capabilities, including the unique capabilities that we have on Trent 700 for more than 10 years driven by local knowledge sharing and underpinned by a commitment to develop national talent – will serve as the foundation for this exciting new partnership.”

Sanad operates only global independent Trent 700 MRO facility

GAL provides aviation readiness solutions for military and civilian entities in the region and beyond. The company works with the world’s largest original equipment manufacturers and maintenance repair and overhaul service providers and helps clients achieve fleet readiness through maintenance, repair and operations, supply chain, engineering, training and technical augmentation solutions. GAL is part of the Mission Support Cluster at EDGE, an advanced technology group that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.

Sanad operates what is currently the only independent Trent 700 MRO facility worldwide. The company works in partnership with major original equipment manufacturers including Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation and International Aero Engines and provides a variety of engine maintenance services across multiple major aircraft platforms, including Airbus and Boeing.
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