euroAtlantic Portuguese company will get involved this year six aircraft, one B777-200ER and B767-300ER five, and 270 frames this year in transporting pilgrims to Mecca, as its chairman, Tomaz Metello, claims to be the largest contract ever won by a Portuguese aeronautical company.
“Today we hold these technical and operational capabilities to move assets and human resources to any point of the world and launch operations,” says Tomaz Metello in the company’s statement on the transport operation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
The information indicates that the company is positioning the six planes in Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast, and that among 270 displaced frames are Mission Coordinators, Crews, Technical Engineering and Maintenance.
Tomaz Metello specifies the same information that the company he leads, with planes which can carry between 250 and 323 passengers, the company will fly to Mecca from India, Nigeria, Chad, Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.
The base will be the King Abdulaziz International Airport and euroAtlantic the contract is with NAS Air – National Air Services (NAS), “the largest charter company in Saudi Arabia,” which, according to Tomaz Metello is unprecedented “in the Portuguese civil aviation history” because “you never saw such a significant movement assets such as the Cockpit and support.
“Without specifying values, the company, owned by its founding president and the Pestana Group, says that the market for air services to the pilgrimage of Hajj reaches values amounting to billions of dollars , “attracting the world’s major airline company.”