Lufthansa Technik Shannon has tentatively agreed to support an effort by the Saudi National Company of Aviation (SNCA) to develop a maintenance training organisation in the kingdom.

SNCA says the memorandum of understanding envisions that LHT Shannon’s training academy will “explore the viability” of teaching aircraft technicians at a new aviation training centre at King Fahd International airport in Dammam.

“It gives us the opportunity to bring global excellence in aviation technician training to our training centre,” states SNCA business development director Anthony Miller.

The centre – used for training of pilots under a separate partnership with Canadian company CAE – has been established to address a “significant regional shortage in aviation training”, says SNCA.

LHT Shannon notes that its in-house aviation training academy has since 1990 supplied technicians for its own operations and third-party airlines.

“We are looking forward to exploring new opportunities to support the growing needs of the [Saudi Arabia’s] aviation sector,” states the Irish training provider’s business development specialist David Ward.