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Sanad and Thales Elevate Aviation Industry with Strategic Alliance

  • Sanad and Thales sign strategic framework agreement to deliver world-class airport security and air traffic management systems and maintenance services in the Middle East and Africa.
  • The strategic collaboration marks a significant milestone, broadening the capabilities of both 

Sanad and Thales to serve the global airports supply chain.Dubai, UAE, November 2023: Sanad, the global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions leader wholly owned by Abu Dhabi’s sovereign investor Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala), has entered into a landmark strategic framework agreement with Thales, a global leader in advanced technologies within Aerospace, Defense & Security and Digital Identity & Security. The agreement expands Sanad's Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services into the dynamic fields of airport security and air traffic control and digital operation, beckoning a pivotal moment in the region's  aviation landscape.

The milestone agreement was signed during the Dubai Air Show with Mansoor Janahi, Managing Director and Group CEO of Sanad and Elias Merrawe, Vice president, Civil Business of Thales in the  Middle East, marking a significant milestone in the region's aerospace sector. This alliance harnesses  the unique capabilities and expertise of both Sanad and Thales to propel the maintenance and delivery of essential airport systems, ensuring the safe and effective operation of major travel hubs in the  Middle East and Africa.

Building on the foundation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Sanad and Thales in  2022, the two companies are poised to deepen their collaboration in the rapidly developing realms of  airport services. Under the new agreement, the partnership will extend into the domain of airport security and digital operations, encompassing crucial areas such as airport safety and security systems in this  endeavor, Thales will take the lead in designing and constructing these vital systems. Concurrently, Sanad  will assume a pivotal role in overseeing critical tasks such as maintenance, installation, rigorous testing, and commissioning activities for these cutting-edge systems. This collaborative synergy of resources and  expertise ensures that Sanad and Thales together play an instrumental role in shaping and secure and resilient future for aviation operations, ultimately guaranteeing safety and operational efficiency within the industry.

Mansoor Janahi, Managing Director and Group CEO of Sanad, stated, "Our strategic alliance with Thales represents a significant milestone in Sanad's journey. By collaborating with an industry leader, we contribute to sustaining efficient operations at some of the busiest airports in the Middle East and Africa. We aim to shape a more cohesive and collaborative aviation industry rooted in engineering excellence and technological innovation. Additionally, we are contributing to building local capacity and reinforcing Abu Dhabi's position as a leading aviation hub by expanding our partnerships, capabilities, and geographic footprint."
“Sanad’s outstanding global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions combined with Thales’ high technologies will create prosperous synergies in the field of airport operations and security. This strategic agreement will bring innovative technologies to the front and boost local industrial growth. As we look to build a future that we can all trust, innovation and knowledge exchange play a vital role in developing a sustainable aviation future”, said Elias Merrawe, Vice president, Civil Business of Thales in the Middle East.

Sanad and Thales will collaborate closely to enhance air traffic management and advance airport operations in the Middle East and Africa by deploying innovative systems and MRO services. Airports in the Middle East are projected to invest over USD 150 billion in capacity expansion due to global air passenger demand, which is projected to increase more than two-fold by 2040.
As a result of this expansion and the emergence of new airports, upgrades to meet future needs will be necessary, leading to increasing demand for airport security and air traffic management systems, as well assubsequent MRO services requirements. Additionally, domestic passenger air traffic in Africa is forecasted to more than quadruple in the next two decades,2 which will result in investments to modernize the continent’s aviation infrastructure and air traffic management, airports security along with safety systems. 

For over 35 years, Sanad has established itself as a leading full-service Aviation MRO provider, trusted by over 30 customers worldwide, including leading airlines and global OEMs. Its long-term growth has been fuelled by its ability to address the needs of an ever evolving and dynamic aerospace industry through the delivery of innovative solutions underpinned by engineering excellence and technological innovation. The strategic agreement is a pivotal moment in Sanad’s journey as the company continuously optimizes and expands its range of service capabilities and sets its sights on growth and expansion beyond the UAE.


About Sanad
Sanad Group (Sanad) is a global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions leader in Abu Dhabi wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC. With more than 35 years of operational experience, Sanad supports leaders in commercial aviation with world-class maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services and financing solutions.
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About Thales
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies within three domains: Defence & Security, Aeronautics & Space, and Digital Identity & Security. It develops products and solutions that help make the world safer, greener and more inclusive. The Group invests close to €4 billion a year in Research & Development, particularly in key areas such as quantum 
technologies, Edge computing, 6G and cybersecurity. Thales has 77,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2022, the Group generated sales of €17.6 billion

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