08 Oct 2015 11:30
Etihad Airways Engineering, the Middle East’s leading aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, has expanded its existing capability for painting aircraft at premises adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport with the conversion of Hangar 5 into a state-of-the-art paint hangar.
The newly converted paint hangar has additional chillers installed for
enhanced air conditioning and temperature control, improved thermal insulation,
and an efficient drainage system to suit stripping and painting requirements.
The hangar has also been equipped with an advanced aircraft docking system
which can be customised to serve different types of aircraft.
The addition of the new hangar effectively increases the area dedicated
to painting facilities at Etihad Airways Engineering by 150 per cent, from
4,000 sqm to 10,000 sqm.
The paint hangar also incorporates a large-format decal
production facility which
will be used to repaint and rebrand Etihad Airways’ entire fleet of 120
aircraft with its ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery and branding over the coming
months. Aircraft belonging to Etihad Airways’ partners and other airline
customers also undergo repainting and maintenance operations at the Etihad
Airways Engineering facility.
Jeff Wilkinson, Senior Vice President Technical,
Etihad Airways, said: “We
have significantly increased our aircraft painting capacity with the
introduction of a new paint hangar as we continue to expand our MRO capability
on new aircraft platforms.
“The team at Etihad
Airways Engineering has the experience, expertise and equipment to undertake
all kinds of heavy maintenance and aircraft painting for Etihad Airways, its
equity partners and third party customers.”