Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways Engineering, the largest independent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider in the Middle East, has announced the addition of Airbus A350 maintenance capabilities to its extensive inhouse portfolio.
Airways Engineering is part of the Airbus MRO Alliance and has emerged as a
centre of excellence for the Airbus A380, having supported the A380 fleets of Etihad
Airways and third-party customers in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and
Australia. The company continues to extend its coverage of major commercial
aircraft types and has now received the landmark approval for Airbus A350
maintenance, awarded by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
first A350 aircraft to arrive for maintenance in Abu Dhabi comes from the
company’s long-term client, LATAM Airlines group, the leading airline group in
Latin America. The aircraft will undergo a heavy maintenance check and
modifications as part of its routine maintenance program. The C-check will be followed
by full stripping and painting of the aircraft in LATAM’s livery. The airline group
is due to send additional A350 aircraft for scheduled maintenance in Abu Dhabi during
Airways Engineering Chief Executive Officer Abdul Khaliq Saeed said: “Building
on our position as a centre of excellence for the Boeing 787 and the Airbus
A380, we are now ready to support the A350 fleets of our customers from around
the world. Our A350 capability demonstrates our commitment to providing
comprehensive aircraft maintenance and engineering solutions for all major
aircraft types under one roof.
investment in developing A350 maintenance capability recognises the growing
global demand for service on this aircraft type forecast over the coming years.
It is also a reflection of the trust and confidence that valued customers such
as LATAM place in the expertise and workmanship of our multinational team at
Etihad Airways Engineering”, continued Mr. Saeed.
Etihad Airways Engineering’s state-of-the-art
facility is the largest independent commercial MRO facility in the Middle East,
located adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport. Aircraft hangars at the
facility cover approximately 66,000 sq metres, including 10,000 sq metres of
aircraft painting facilities and a custom-designed hangar that can accommodate
up to three Airbus A380 aircraft simultaneously. The company has successfully
completed maintenance projects over the years for airlines across the world.