Middle East Airlines Seek Local MRO Support
By Lee Ann Tegtmeier, Jens Flottau
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
Because most MROs in the region require at least five years of experience and are often “critical of recent graduates' experience,” Jadayel says poaching talent from other companies is common and “everyone is fishing from the same pool.”
Seven carriers in the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO)—Air Algerie, EgyptAir, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Qatar Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines—signed a memorandum of understanding in November to cooperate in four areas to save costs and gain efficiencies. Those areas are: maintenance training, vendor audits, line maintenance and the joint purchase of consumable parts. A governing board for these initiatives will hold its first meeting next month in Cairo. AACO expects the collaboration to save the participating airlines about $150 million in the next four years, says Rashad Karaky, manager of economics and technology for the AACO.