DUBAI—Etihad Airways Engineering expects double-digit growth over the next few years as it expands its services portfolio, said Jeff Wilkinson, senior vice president-technical.
“We will be actively growing our capability and services on new platforms like the A380, A350 and 787,” he said on the sidelines of Aviation Week’s MRO Middle East conference and exhibition here.
“We are well-equipped to offer specific MRO and engineering solutions, as well as be the one-stop shop,” with services ranging from airframe maintenance, modification painting, connectivity solutions and technical training.
“Recently, we became the first Middle Eastern MRO to receive [EASA Part 21 Subpart J] major approval by EASA for major cabin changes and modifications,” he added. “This opens up significant growth opportunities for us.”
Etihad Airways accounts for about 40% of the aftermarket organization’s work, with the rest of its capability serving Etihad’s equity partners and third-party customers.
About 50% of the MRO’s business comes from the Middle East, about 30% comes from in and around Europe, and 20% is from other regions, Wilkinson, said. The MRO is “working on greater reach, not just regionally but globally” he added. For example, Etihad Airways Engineering completed Latam Airlines Group’s first Boeing 787 C check in October, and has done two more since.
Wilkinson said the political unrest in the Middle East has not diminished or altered the work it performs for Etihad Airways and its other customers. “We are fortunate to have a safe and stable political environment in the UAE, and it is business as usual for us,” he said.
Etihad Airways purchased Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) from Mubadala in 2014, and renamed it Etihad Airways Engineering. Etihad was a major customer of ADAT.