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In Collaboration with NASTECH/FLY NAS Airline AFAQ setup the first EASA approved Academy in KSA
- May 15, 2014

In Collaboration with NASTECH/FLY NAS Airline  AFA

15 May 2014, Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain: Bahrain based AFAQ Institute of Aviation Technology (AFAQ) announced signing a new agreement with NASTECH/FLY NAS Airline to establish the First European EASA 147 approved Aircraft Engineering Training Academy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


The signing ceremony was held at NASTECH’s headquarter in Riyadh and attended by Mr. Izani Azman Merican, Chief Executive Officer of NASTECH and Mr. Mahmood AlBalooshi, Managing Director and Chief Executive of AFAQ Institute of Aviation Technology.


Under the agreement, AFAQ Institute of Aviation Technology will be managing the Aircraft Engineering Maintenance Program (AEMP) which will be conducted at NASTECH’s facilities in Riyadh and is targeted towards Saudi youth with high school certificates.


The program is scheduled to commence in May 2014 for the duration of five years — 1 year of Aviation English orientation followed by 4 years of studying for the EASA certificate - and will qualify successful trainees with the EASA 147 certificate and EASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency.


Mahmood AlBalooshi, Managing Director and Chief Executive of AFAQ commented on the agreement saying “We are delighted to announce this key partnership with NASTECH/FLYNAS Airline as the new Academy, will be the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and by working together with our partners we will offer Saudi graduates the opportunity to train for their Aerotechnic Engineering degrees in Saudi rather than training abroad.”


Izani Merican, Chief Executive Officer of NAS-TECH, commented: “The AEMP is a highly intensive training program that presents a marvelous opportunity for young Saudi technicians to gain the internationally recognized EASA Part 66 Aircraft Engineering License, which qualifies them for a career in aviation industry, one of the fastest growing sectors of the Kingdom’s economy.”


According to the latest data available from the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation, more than 64 million passengers passed through Saudi Arabia's 28 airports in 2012, up nearly 19 per cent from 2011, and the Kingdom’s domestic air travel market, currently 25-30m passengers annually, is expected to grow 6 percent per year which requires training Saudi youth to cope with the high growth in the Saudi aviation market.


NASTECH, a company specialized in Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance and approved by the Saudi Authority (GACA) and The Cayman Islands (CAACI), is a subsidiary of the National Air Services Group (NAS Holding). 


NASTECH’s capability is diversified from Cessna Citation 550 Bravo, various Gulfstream, Hawker, A320 family, BBJ, Airbus A340, in addition to supporting different types of operations such as FAR 91, 125, and 121. This diversity has created a unique environment for NASTECH organizational system to be able to adjust and accommodate multiple aircraft types.


Riyadh-based FLY NAS is 37 per cent owned by Saudi investment firm Kingdom Holding and the rest by National Airline Services Holding (NAS Holding). FLY NAS currently carries 3m passengers annually and claims 15-18 per cent of the domestic air travel market; its growth plan envisages achieving a market share of 30 percent over the next two years and passenger numbers hitting 20m annually by 2020.


Saudi Arabia's first and only budget airline, Flynas, will expand its current fleet of 18 aircraft to 27 with six Airbus A320 and three A330 planes.

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