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Saudi Aviation Industry

Saudia Private Boosts Military Support Services for Defense Ministry

Written by Linda Hohnholz

The Ministry of Defense and Saudia Private, a strategic business unit of Saudia Group, have signed an agreement aimed at bolstering air and logistical support services for a variety of Air Force aircraft.

The signing ceremony took place during the World Defense Show 2024 in Riyadh and was attended by His Excellency Dr. Khaled Al-Biyari, Assistant Minister of Defense for Executive Affairs, and His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of Saudia Group. The agreement was then signed by Ibrahim Al Suwayed, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense for Armament and Procurement, and Dr. Fahd Al-Jarbou, CEO of Saudia Private.

This agreement encompasses operational and technical support services tailored for Air Force C130, Boeing 707, and Saab 2000 aircraft beyond the borders of the Kingdom. Furthermore, it includes provisions for servicing ten C130 aircraft stationed at King Abdullah Air Base in the Western sector.

He further highlighted the commitment to expanding this cooperation, envisaging future partnerships encompassing operations, services and products, leveraging the extensive technical expertise, cutting-edge technologies, and skilled personnel.

Saudia Private specializes in a vast scope of services for military aircraft and helicopters, encompassing ground operations, aircraft management and maintenance, as well as aircraft rental. Additionally, it offers tailored services and products to both domestic stakeholders and international partners.

Saudia is the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Established in 1945, the company has grown to become one of the Middle East’s largest airlines.

A member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), Saudia has also been a member airline in SkyTeam, the second largest alliance, since 2012.