Thursday, October 3, 2013

■ EGYPT: Qatar Airways awards Egyptair M&E Cairo line maintenance contract.

EgyptAir Maintenance & Engineering has been awarded a contract to provide line maintenance services for Qatar Airways (QR) at Cairo International Airport. The first flight arrived on Tuesday October 1 where senior staff were present to welcome the crew and flight attendants.

Engineer Abou Taleb Tawfik, EgyptAir M&E's Chairman & CEO, said that the flight is one of three per day included in the agreement signed with the Qatari carrier.
We will provide technical services in Cairo for B777, A330 and A300-600F aircraft of the national carrier of Qatar in a step that deepens and strengthens the relations with the Qatari side as we seek continuous cooperation. The new contract reflects the trust of Qatar Airways in our technical capabilities and we look forward to meet their expectations,” added Abou Taleb.
Mr Tawfik's sentiments are in contrast to Cairo and Doha's worsening relations which recently deteriorated even further after Egypt returned USD2billion that Qatar had deposited with its central bank, after talks to convert the funds into three-year bonds broke down. Egyptian authorities had also refused a Qatari request to increase the number of flights between the two states, according to Egyptian airport sources.