ASI (Aircraft Support Industries), a provider of aviation infrastructure solutions, has announced its collaboration with Etihad Engineering to expand the capacity of its aircraft maintenance facility in Abu Dhabi.
Etihad Engineering is one of the world’s largest commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) service providers, and the expansion project, in partnership with ASI, aims to cater to the increasing demand for world-class aircraft MRO services worldwide. As part of the project, Etihad Engineering will be expanding its total site area by adding 50,000 square meters of incremental space to its existing facility located at Abu Dhabi International Airport, and constructing two new widebody hangars on-site..
“We are proud to be a part of this exciting project with Etihad Engineering, which highlights our capabilities in delivering world-class aviation infrastructure solutions,” said Mark Langbein, ASI’s Managing Director. “Our extensive experience in aircraft hangar design and construction, combined with our advanced engineering capabilities, will help Etihad Engineering achieve its expansion goals.”
The project will see the addition of a new widebody bay (H6D) to Hangar 6 previously designed and built by ASI in 2011 and which can presently accommodate three A380s simultaneously. The new widebody bay will also be large enough to take in an A380. Another new hangar, Hangar 7 utilising the innovative ‘Stressed Arch’ technology will be constructed. This hangar is capable of accommodating three wide-bodied AC simultaneously.
The expansion project comes at a time when the aviation industry is recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the demand for MRO services is at an all-time high. With the expansion of the facility, Etihad Engineering aims to serve a larger number of aircraft and customers from around the world, delivering comprehensive MRO solutions to hundreds of partners, including flag carriers, OEMs, aircraft operators, and leasing companies.