Etihad Airways has opened a new line maintenance
base in Melbourne, the airline’s seventh facility outside Abu
Dhabi and its second in Australia.
The new maintenance base will
be managed by three engineers and three technicians.
Three of the technicians, Scott Gaskell
and Erik Robinson from Brisbane, and Marcus Casey from Melbourne
are among 23 trainees which the airline has recruited directly
from the training organisation, Aviation Australia.
“Since 2007, Etihad Airways has invested more than $A10 million in its Australian line maintenance operations, hiring and upskilling
in the process many Australian engineers and technicians. While
some companies are shedding maintenance jobs, we look forward to
hiring even more Australian technicians and engineers as our
global operations continue to grow, said President and Chief Executive Officer, James
Hogan. “It is particularly pleasing that Etihad Airways
was able to bring Scott, Erik and Marcus to our home-base of Abu
Dhabi and train them along with the other 20 Australians to become aviation technicians. These three have now returned home to
Australia as fully certified aviation professionals.”
The new engineering facility will perform all scheduled and
non-scheduled line maintenance for Etihad Airways aircraft flying
From 1 September 2012 the specialist team will
also have the ability to provide line maintenance to other airlines.
The maintenance services to be performed in
Melbourne include transit, daily and weekly checks, scheduled
engineering services and fault repairs for the aircraft systems
and in the cabins.
In addition to Melbourne and Sydney, Etihad
Airways’ existing facilities are in Bombay, Dublin, Lahore,
London Heathrow and Manchester.
Chris Woodruff, Melbourne Airport CEO, said,
“Melbourne Airport is proud to welcome the Etihad Airways line
maintenance facility and the team that will manage its operations. Etihad Airways has a terrific reputation in the
city, gained through its award-winning services and the Etihad
Stadium and this continued local investment is greatly
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