ADE opens new MRO facility in Malaysia

MRO facility in Malaysia

sesAsia Digital Engineering (ADE), the engineering arm of Capital A (formerly known as AirAsia Group Berhad) has opened the doors to its new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hangar facility in Senai, Johor Bahru.

This 5,000 square metre hangar, built on 107.4 acres at Senai Airport’s Free Industrial Zone (SAFIZ), is the first MRO facility at the Senai International Airport Aviation Park, and ADE’s third MRO facility. The facility will third-party airlines with services including component support, line maintenance and base maintenance for various aircraft models, such as the Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft families with plans to grow their capacity to service other aircraft types in the future.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A, said “We are confident that Johor as a state offers a new gold mine of opportunities – a valuable asset to Malaysia’s ongoing economic development. Upon opening the doors to this hangar facility, it will further expand ADE’s presence in aircraft engineering to economically bustling countries in Asia Pacific. We are proud that ADE marks a milestone today in disrupting and changing MRO services in a significant way, just like how AirAsia has disrupted and created a whole new market for travel more than 20 years ago. We owe a large part of AirAsia to the maintenance and high efficiency of ADE, and in turn, guarantee its fleet of work to ADE, which allows it to reduce costs for airlines, thus lowering fares for customers. Moreover, due to Capital A’s digital ecosystem with our investment into data, ADE has greatly been able to benefit using data science to increase efficiency, reliability and productivity. As a 21st century engineering company driven by big data, we are sure ADE will put Johor and Malaysia firmly on the map as a world leading MRO provider for AirAsia and other third party airlines within the region.”

Mahesh Kumar, CEO of ADE said: “The launch of this aircraft maintenance hangar in Senai is a great milestone for ADE to start the year with. We are proud of our contribution to the growth of the Malaysian maintenance aerospace sector, especially at strategic development zones like Johor. Senai International Airport is strategically positioned, granting easy access to the rapidly growing countries in Asia Pacific. In addition, Senai Airport Terminal Services (SATS) has developed a comprehensive 20-year master plan to transform Senai International Airport and its surroundings to a world-class airport city. At ADE, we see this as a golden opportunity for us to expand our presence and expertise in the MRO space, especially in bringing more foreign investments to the state and the nation in general through the aerospace industry.”

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