FARNBOROUGH --- EADS and Libya Africa Portfolio for Investment (LAP) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on Tuesday at Farnborough International Airshow. The agreement covers the establishment of an aeronautical maintenance centre, an air academy and a calibration and meteorology centre in Tripoli.
The aim of this cooperation is to service the fleet of Libyan and other African Airlines as well as to train regional specialists for aviation such as pilots, technicians and commercial staff.
The MoA was signed by Jean-Paul Gut, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of EADS for Marketing, Strategy and Global Development, and Mr. Beshir Saleh, Chairman of LAP.
“This agreement is a first major step towards a strategic cooperation between Libya and EADS”, said Jean-Paul Gut, “aiming at the support of the African development.”
The industrial partnership is implemented by EADS and Afriqiyah Airways, the Libyan based Pan African Airline.
The signature took place in the frame of the purchase of six Airbus A330-200 and 14 Airbus A320 family aircraft by Afriqiyah Airways.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of EUR 34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the international leader in missile systems. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.