By Staff writer
Etihad Engineering has experienced an increase in parking requests from third-party customers, with the majority of parking slots currently occupied
Etihad Engineering has expanded its operations in aircraft maintenance and parking, as airline operators use the Covid-19 pandemic to bring forward their maintenance schedules.
Airline fleets across have been grounded due to the pandemic, which has seen more business right now for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider.
Etihad Engineering, the arm of Etihad Aviation Group, is no different and airlines have started to bring forward maintenance work that was initially planned towards the end of the year.
The Abu Dhabi-based MRO provider said current projects involve the delivery of cabin uplift, passenger to freighter conversion, longeron modification, heavy maintenance (C-check), major structural modification, parking solutions, painting and deep cleaning of aircraft, for both Etihad Airways and third-party airline customers.
Etihad Engineering said it has collaborated with Etihad Airways on a major project to conduct a full cabin refresh on all 96 passenger aircraft. The refurbishment includes cabin renovations, interior detailing, seat repairs and a full sweep of the inflight entertainment system. The refurbishment project is due to be completed by the end of June.
“While the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the aviation sector at large, we have been doing our best to find the opportunity amidst the crisis,” said Frederic Dupont, vice president Technical Sales & Customer Service, Etihad Engineering.
“We have taken advantage of the grounding period and used it to carry out maintenance services to ensure the entire fleet is operating at its optimal and will be uninterrupted by maintenance requirements as services return. The cabin refurbishment project is our most extensive collaboration with Etihad Airways to date, as we have been working on the entire passenger fleet of 96 aircraft within a concise time frame.”
Dupont said while it may not be possible for some customers to be physically present as engineering work on their aircraft progresses, continuous footage of the maintenance progress is captured by GoPro cameras and shared back with their clients, and virtual meetings provide the latest updates.
“This is to ensure that we cater to our customers’ needs in the exact same manner as if they were here with us at our facilities,” he added.
Etihad Engineering has experienced an increase in parking requests from third-party customers, with the majority of parking slots currently occupied at its facilities. A number of airline operators have decided to park their aircraft in Abu Dhabi due to the long-standing partnerships they enjoy with the MRO provider as a one-stop maintenance shop, as well as the convenient geographic location of the emirate.
All aircraft parked at the facility will undergo preservation maintenance while under the care of Etihad Engineering.
Every aircraft arriving at the facility for maintenance or parking undergoes a deep cleaning process by the disinfection team before any work commences, which takes four hours to clean a narrow body aircraft and eight hours for larger aircraft.