Etihad Engineering, global leading aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) company has won a contract from Virgin Australia for all the heavy maintenance work of the Boeing 737 aircraft the airline has. The scope of the contract covers heavy maintenance and modifications on more than 30 nose to tail aircraft for the largest airline by fleet size under the Virgin brand.
The development took place in the Dubai Airshow 2021, one of the most popular air shows in the world. The airshow’s last day took place on November 18, 2021.
Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Engineering, said: “We are pleased to welcome another valued customer from Australia to our facility in Abu Dhabi. With Australian borders reopening and international flights resuming, we are all geared up to support the Virgin Australia team ensuring its Boeing 737 fleet continue to take to the skies in top shape as they meet the projected increase in passenger demand.”
Stuart Aggs, Chief Operations Officer, Virgin Australia, said: “As domestic and international flying ramps up from an Australian perspective, Virgin Australia is as focused as ever on safety and on ensuring our aircraft operate at, and are maintained to, the highest possible standard.”
This is a considerable-sized contract for Etihad Engineering. The MRO company has been partnering up with airlines around the world to set up a global footprint. The state-of-the-art facility of Etihad Engineering is located in Abu Dhabi, adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport, over an area of 500,000 sqm with 140,000 sqm dedicated to aircraft parking and preservation.