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20 Apr 2014

For the first time in Saudi Arabia, qualifying the high school graduates to obtain the European Aviation Safety Agency certificate EASA 147

Riyadh, April 2014: 
Nas Tech the engineering & maintenance subsidiary of NAS Holding and flynas Saudi Arabia’s National Carrier are launching a new Technical Training programme for Saudi youth with high school certificates.

The Aircraft Engineer Maintenance Programme (AEMP) is scheduled to start on May 5, 2014 for a duration of 5 years, and will qualify successful trainees with the EASA 147 certificate and EASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License issued by the. European Aviation Safety Agency which is the centre piece of the European Union’s aviation safety system comprised of the Agency, the European Commission and the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs). EASA is the European version of the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificate and has higher standards and is more recognized in the maintenance industry.

Commenting, Mr. Wael Al Sarhan, Director of Marketing & Communication at NAS Holding, said:  “NAS Group is totally committed to training and employing talented Saudi nationals and we believe in the Saudi youth’s high capabilities and very certain of the quality of manpower we are going to gain after this programme”

Mr. Izani Merican, the CEO of Nas Tech commented “The AEMP is a highly intensive training programme that presents a marvelous opportunity for young Saudi technicians to gain the internationally recognized EASA 147 certificate which qualifies them for a career in aviation industry, one of the fastest growing sectors of the kingdom’s economy.”

The Aircraft Engineer Maintenance Programme is being held in partnership with the Afaq Academy in Bahrain and training will take place at NasTech classes in Riyadh.

 27 trainees have been accepted for the program which consists of 5 years of training; 1 year of English Language and 4 years of studying for the EASA certificate.

After completing the training, flynas will recommend the most outstanding trainees to study for their Bachelor’s degree, which for EASA 147 certificate holders requires only a further 7 months of studying.

“We are proud that Nas Tech is the first organization in Saudi Arabia to provide training for the EASA 147 certificate locally, since all the other organizations obtain it by sending their trainees outside Saudi Arabia, and we aim to make Nas Tech being run 100% by professional Saudi manpower ” Mr. Al Sarhan concluded his statement.

The AEMP is the latest in a series of  NAS Holding training programmes for Saudi youth, First Officers Programme which targets graduating 150 First Officers and from which 70 trainees have graduated to date; the Flight Dispatchers Programme targeting 50 graduates out of which 10 trainees have graduated to date; and the Cabin Crew Programme which is currently in progress and has a target graduating more than 150 cabin crew.


About flynas:

flynas is a leading low-cost carrier with added value (Low Cost Carrier Plus) from Saudi Arabia with a young fleet of 27 aircraft, operating nearly 950 weekly flights on 26 destinations within and outside of Saudi Arabia. Launched in 2007, flynas has successfully operated over 140,000 flights carrying more than 15 million passengers, a number that has steadily grown over the years.

flynas unveiled a new modern identity in 2013 and made significant investments in enhancing its aircraft fleet and introducing a dedicated Business Class Cabin.

In 2014, flynas has launched and pioneered the Low Cost Carrier Plus (LCC+) concept that allows the carrier to offer its passengers value-added, services-driven, yet affordable international air travel on both Business Class and Economy Class, as part of its Global Flight Routes program. This program will drive the future growth of flynas, as it expands its presence on three continents – Asia, Africa and Europe.

In 2013, flynas carried 3.3 million passengers; its highest ever since launch.

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