An increasing number of opportunities to be affiliated with “bigger” MROs could potentially arise for Egyptair Maintenance & Engineering over the next decade, according to Chairman Hisham Nasser.
Nasser told an MRO globalization panel at Aviation Week’s MRO Americas on April 25 that the airline maintenance division could explore opportunities to strengthen ties with larger players across the Middle East and North Africa, citing previous cooperation with companies such as AFI KLM E&M on narrowbody component maintenance for single-aisle and medium-haul aircraft.
On a wider scale, Nasser expects to see increasingly service-centric OEMs continuing to set up joint ventures with established facilities in growing regions such as the Middle East.
In Egyptair’s other main market of Africa, Nasser said that while fellow African carriers Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways are becoming stronger in their maintenance units, with both increasingly targeting third-party work, he does not feel a more competitive landscape has formed on the continent.
Instead, he foresees a continued “healthy environment” of knowledge sharing between the continent’s airline maintenance divisions.