Saudi Arabian to push ahead with privatisation of MRO unit

Abu Dhabi
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Saudi Arabian Airlines expects to make substantial progress in the next phase of its privatisation, centred on the maintenance operation, by early 2012.

But speaking during the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Abu Dhabi, chief executive Khalid Al-Molhem said a sale of the main airline service would "take more time".

Saudi Arabian has already carried out privatisation processes involving its catering, cargo and ground handling arms.

Al-Molhem said he expected to advance the maintenance spin-off in "two or three months".