MENA Aerospace Partners with New MRO and Air Cargo Companies | New
The wave of airline start-ups and the burgeoning fleet of single-aisle aircraft in the region prompted MENA Aerospace to launch Bahrain’s first maintenance, repair and overhaul company in partnership with US specialist Aviance Global.
The venture was launched in a ceremony at the Bahrain International Airshow on November 9.
Under the MENA Technics brand, the company will see MENA expand its hangar at Bahrain International Airport, initially from the current two bays to three. However, he also requested an additional two-bay MRO facility for narrow bodies.
The company will serve both commercial airlines and private jet operators and will be Part 145 accredited by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
“There has been tremendous fleet growth in this region,” says Dr. Mohamed Juman, Founder and Managing Director of MENA Aerospace. The initiative “supports the kingdom’s efforts to strengthen its position as a key aeronautical and logistics hub”, he adds.
The two companies plan to expand the collaboration to Saudi Arabia “in the near future”.
Phillip Edinborough, founder and managing director of Aviance, said the MENA region was “the obvious choice” for its expansion into the Gulf market. “This partnership enhances the services and expertise offered in Bahrain and paves the way for future expansion,” he continues.
This is the second major announcement from the MENA region at the show. On November 8, he confirmed his intention to launch a cargo partnership with Asia Cargo Network based in Singapore, which will see the companies operate an eventual fleet of 13 narrow-body aircraft in the Gulf, with plans to add a Boeing 767 in the next three months.
The first two ACN aircraft, a Boeing 737-800F and a 767-300F, will arrive within the next two months, joining MENA’s converted 737-300 freighter, and begin operations “immediately”.
The rest of the fleet will be deployed over three years, says ACN, which is also taking a 49% stake in the new venture.
The move comes as authorities in Bahrain bolster the country’s credentials as an air cargo hub. The island is one of four global hubs for German parcel and logistics giant DHL, which is expanding its Bahrain-registered fleet. Meanwhile, DHL rival FedEx Express will become the anchor tenant of a new Cargo Village being built at the airport. Texel is another major air freight operator.
The “strategic alliance” will position the companies “among the major freight players in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa”, according to MENA.
Juman says the company looked at “where the growth is” in the global cargo market and identified the Gulf, Africa and Southeast Asia.
“Our thought process was to try to connect and serve those markets,” he says. “We have identified ACN as the leading freight operator in Southeast Asia and the ideal partner to expand our services in these markets.
ACN Group Chief Executive Marco Isaak describes the partnership as “an historic milestone as we expand our operations in the [Middle East and North Africa] Region”.
The company will operate under the MENA Cargo brand under a Bahrain Air Operator Certificate. MENA Cargo was established in 2020 and has its own Bahrain AOC, awarded in 2021.
ACN was established in 2015 and has companies in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It owns World Cargo Airlines, Asia Cargo Airlines and Aero Speed Aviation.