Etihad Airways Engineering and Argentinean aircraft manufacturer Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) are partnering to serve South American MRO customers. The collaboration agreement, signed this week at MRO Middle East in Dubai, will leverage Etihad’s MRO expertise and strong customer footprint in Latin America alongside FAdeA’s existing facilities and manpower.
“This is a strategic agreement for FAdeA that allows us to maximize the potential of our highly skilled labor force and facilities to provide sustainability for our company, and conquer new commercial aviation markets,” says Antonio Beltramone, president, FAdeA.
Etihad Airways Engineering—which has carried out heavy maintenance work on a range of Airbus and Boeing aircraft types for customers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia—will share its engineering knowledge and capabilities with FAdeA. Under the agreement, the MRO provider will support FAdeA in developing processes and capabilities to maintain and modify aircraft and aircraft components. Etihad Airways Engineering will also serve as FAdeA’s preferred partner for Part 21J Engineering and Part 21G Production.
FAdeA already provides maintenance services for a variety of defense aircraft, including the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, FMA IA 58 Pucará and Fokker F28. The collaboration should see FAdeA breaking into more commercial aircraft MRO—including seven Airbus A320 aircraft belonging to LAN Argentina, which were reconfigured at FADeA facilities under the agreement. Etihad Airways Engineering says more projects are planned in the coming months.
The Middle Eastern MRO provider further expanded its work for Latin American carriers through an agreement with Tarmac Aerosave signed in late 2018. As part of the agreement, both companies will jointly complete an Airbus A350 C check for Chilean carrier Latam Airlines at Tarmac Aerosave’s facility in Tarbes, France.