Sanad Aero Solutions GmbH (Sanad), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, today announced an expansion to its existing relationship with UAE national carrier, Etihad Airways. The 12-year sale and lease-back agreement is valued at $265 million and sees Sanad add an additional 12 spare engines in support of the airline.
Sanad, which announced its leasing portfolio reached US$ 1 billion worth of assets in 2015, has seen tremendous growth since it was established in early 2010. It has assets supporting a growing number of industry leading airlines and partners across a wide variety of modern aircraft.
James Hogan, Etihad Aviation Group President and CEO, said: “Since its launch, Sanad has provided a broad range of financial solutions for Etihad Airways’ spare inventories and has been a key enabler to our growth. We look forward to furthering our relationship with Sanad as we continue to grow.”
The relationship between Sanad and Etihad Airways dates back to the company’s establishment. The first deal was signed in 2011 and included the financing of GE90 and Rolls Royce Trent spare engines. Additional deals included the financing of rotable component spares in 2013 and most recently, the addition of GEnx and GP7200 engines and spare landing gear, nacelles, and thrust reversers for the airline’s Airbus A380, A330, Boeing 777 and B787 aircraft.
Troy Lambeth, Chief Executive Officer of Sanad, said: “Etihad Airways is an important partner and we are delighted to expand our relationship with them and with NBAD and BofAML through this transaction which is our largest to date. We are well positioned and committed to supporting the market in our continued growth.”
National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) provided financing facilities to Sanad in support of the agreement which includes seven GEnx-1B 74/75, four GP7270E and one V2527-A5 engine.
Sanad Aero Solutions (Sanad) is an industry leader in integrated financing and leasing solutions for spare engine and aircraft components, wholly owned by Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company. Sanad’s portfolio exceeds $1 billion of assets supporting a broad range of modern commercial fleet types for a growing number of industry leading global airlines. Launched in 2010 and headquartered in Switzerland, Sanad has offices in Zurich and Abu Dhabi.
Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising four business divisions - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Engineering, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. The group has minority investments in seven airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.
From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, 117 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 122 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s.