EDGE Partners with Sanad to Provide MRO Services for Rolls Royce Trent 700 Engines


Agreement marks first step in establishing a long-term collaboration between EDGE and Sanad Group

Dubai: GAL, a leading regional provider of integrated aircraft sustainment solutions for military and civilian customers within EDGE Group, today announced they have signed an agreement for Sanad, the global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions leader wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala), to provide Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engine maintenance services to support GAL’s Performance Based Logistics contract with UAE Air Force Air Defence (AFAD). 

The agreement establishes a new foundation for the delivery of world-class MRO services for Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines that power the UAE’s Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) fleet. Through shared knowledge and a rich tradition in aviation excellence, GAL and Sanad will provide MRO support to service the engines, reducing current turnaround time and shop visit costs by eliminating the need to ship engines outside the UAE.

The announcement was made during the ongoing Dubai Air Show, which runs until 18 November at Dubai World Central.

Khalid Al Breiki, President of Mission Support at EDGE, and Managing Director of GAL, said, “We look forward to working with Sanad to facilitate ongoing growth across the UAE’s burgeoning aviation sector. This is a strategically important partnership between two national entities which has great significance for indigenous future technologies, supporting local talent and capabilities, and ultimately contributing to the UAE economy. As the region’s leading MRO provider, we continuously take pride in collaborations which may support the ongoing defence initiatives within AFAD and the UAE. Sanad’s contributions to GAL will be another key component in delivering cutting-edge maintenance capabilities within the region.”

For his part, Mansoor Janahi, Deputy Group CEO of Sanad, said, “As the latest milestone in Sanad’s long-standing MRO services journey, this agreement marks a major step in our strategic long-term collaboration with GAL and EDGE. Having established market-leading MRO expertise by servicing leading global OEMs and airlines, Sanad’s extensive engine MRO infrastructure and capabilities, including the unique capabilities that we have on Trent 700 for more than 10 years driven by local knowledge sharing and underpinned by a commitment to develop national talent – will serve as the foundation for this exciting new partnership.”

GAL provides aviation readiness solutions for military and civilian entities in the region and beyond. Working with the world’s largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) service providers, the company helps its clients achieve exceptional fleet readiness through world-class maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), supply chain, engineering, training and technical augmentation solutions. GAL is part of the Mission Support Cluster at EDGE, an advanced technology group that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.

Currently the only independent Trent 700 MRO facility worldwide, Sanad works in partnership with major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including Rolls-Royce, GE Aviation and International Aero Engines and provides a variety of engine maintenance services across multiple major aircraft platforms, including Airbus and Boeing. 

About EDGE:

EDGE is an advanced technology group established to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defence and beyond. Enabling a secure future, it is dedicated to bringing innovative technologies and services to market with greater speed and efficiency.  Consolidating over 25 entities and employing more than 13,000 brilliant minds, it offers expertise across five core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Cyber Defence, Electronic Warfare & Intelligence and Mission Support.   Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, EDGE is a catalyst for change – set to revolutionise the industry and change its fundamentals.   

About GAL:

GAL is a leading regional provider of integrated aircraft sustainment solutions for military and civilian customers. Working with the world’s largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) partners, we help customers achieve exceptional fleet readiness through maintenance, supply chain, engineering and manpower augmentation services. GAL is also the dedicated MRO service provider for all aerial platforms under EDGE Group. 

About Sanad:

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company and a global aerospace engineering and leasing solutions leader, Sanad builds on more than three decades of industrial experience. With its name derived from the Arabic word for support, Sanad supports its customers where and when it matters most.

Through engineering and leasing excellence, Sanad is underpinned by industry-leading reliability, innovation, and technology. As a leading integrated industrial services provider, Sanad is well positioned to maintain the most complex assets to the highest standards using the latest technologies and provide lease finance solutions that create value and flexibility for customers and partners globally. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi with offices in Abu Dhabi and Zurich, Sanad has a global customer base working closely with major OEMs and industry leading airlines.