Embraer and Sahara Africa Aviation have signed a multi-year Pool Programme Agreement for spare parts and support covering more than 500 components for their two recently acquired Embraer ERJ 145 jets.
Based in Nelspruit at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in South Africa, Sahara also has the world’s largest fleet of Embraer 120 Brasilia twin-turboprop; operating and leasing out a fleet of 14 E120 aircraft to regional airlines and corporate clients throughout Africa.
Sahara holds an Air Operating Certificate (AOC) as well as an Air Maintenance Organization (AMO) certification under the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) regulations. This enables them to provide contract services to the oil, gas and mining sectors as well as regional airline operators, Embraer said on 3 July.
“We are humbled and proud that Sahara has chosen to place its trust in us to support its fleet, further reinforcing Embraer’s commitment to customers in the region with TechCare portfolio of solutions. Embraer’s Pool Programme leverages increased competitiveness providing repairable solutions through reduced lead times and costs allowing Sahara to focus on aircraft operations. You fly, we support!”, said John Linn, Embraer Vice President Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Commercial Aviation.
Embraer aircraft have been operating in Africa since 1978, when the first Bandeirante turboprop arrived on the continent. Currently, there are 150 Embraer aircraft in operation with 43 airlines in 22 African countries.