Rabat – The international aviation company Honeywell Aerospace has signed a license agreement with Jordanian Aeronautical Systems (JAC) to provide support services for Honeywell’s T53 series, on the sidelines of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) expo currently taking place in Marrakech.
JAC will be the first dedicated T53 engine service center in the Middle East and Africa region. The center will provide military and commercial operations with localized repair and maintenance options, according to a press release issued by Honeywell.
The company explained that the regional service center will provide a reliable, cost-effective, and local option for companies looking for repair and maintenance in the Middle East and Africa region.
The agreement was announced during the second edition of MEBAA business air show, which is being held from September 12 and 13 at Marrakech’s Menara airport.
Mosab Alkubaisy, director of the Honeywell Aerospace’s Middle East and Africa office, said of the agreement that “as the Middle East and Africa region continues to grow, we recognize the need to offer a more accessible, regional repair, and maintenance option.”
He explained that “with the new Jordanian Aeronautical Systems service center, operators can have their T-53 engines repaired locally, which means quicker turnaround and less downtime so they can stay flying for longer.”
The statement added that, the T53 turboshaft engine is best known for powering some of the world’s most iconic helicopters for over 50 years, including the Bell UH-1H Huey, Huey II and AH-1H Cobra, with a total of more than 62 million flight hours.
Ziad Abuain, CEO of JAC said that “by reducing operational costs, we can pass this benefit onto JAC customers, ensuring they get a better deal and can actively manage the repairs and maintenance for their T53 engine.”
Honeywell and JAC have affirmed that this agreement will provide support on multiple RJAF aircraft. The JAC service center is a subsidiary of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF).