The Etihad Engineering team celebrates its wins at the Aviation Business Awards 2016.
The Etihad Engineering team celebrates its wins at the Aviation Business Awards 2016.
The Etihad Engineering team celebrates its wins at the Aviation Business Awards 2016.

Etihad Airways Engineering has been named ‘MRO Service Provider of the Year (Middle East)’ at the Aviation Business Awards 2016.

The company also won the ‘Engineering Innovation of the Year’ award for developing a unique Flying Testbed – an Airbus A320 aircraft reconfigured for testing new innovations as well as for commercial flights.

Etihad Airways Engineering broke performance records and accomplished many firsts in the MRO industry in the last year. It is the first organisation in the Middle East to be granted an extended Part 21J Design Organisation Approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to undertake major cabin design and modification. Etihad Airways Engineering is also the only MRO in the Middle East deemed eligible by EASA to apply for a Production Organisation Approval under EASA Part 21G in 2016.

Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “We have been investing heavily and steadily in developing our 3,300-strong team of aviation professionals, and expanding our MRO capabilities on new and established platforms. These efforts are paying off as our customers are more satisfied and we are growing our global business.

“We continue to implement the most efficient systems and tools across our operations, and these awards are testament to the efforts of our team in delivering industry leading aircraft maintenance and engineering solutions.”

Now in the 10th year, Aviation Business Awards recognise regional and international players that go above and beyond in terms of their industry contribution. Nominations are invited online and assessed by a prestigious panel of experts selected from within the Middle East aerospace industry, based on exceptional performance in various areas including a world-class service portfolio, facility investments and market innovations.

About Etihad Airways Engineering:

Etihad Airways Engineering is the largest commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East.

As part of the Etihad Aviation Group, the company offers line, light and heavy maintenance services around the clock, including design, advanced composite repair, cabin refurbishment and component services, from its state-of-the-art facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

About Etihad Aviation Group:

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising four business divisions – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways Engineering, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. The group has minority investments in seven airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.

From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, 117 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 123 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s.