Codeshare partners Etihad Airways and Air New
Zealand have signed a wide-ranging agreement to provide reciprocal
line maintenance services in Melbourne, Australia, and Los Angeles
in the USA.
Etihad Airways will soon perform all scheduled and
non-scheduled line maintenance on Air New Zealand aircraft in
Melbourne at its Tullamarine engineering facility. In return, Air
New Zealand is already performing full line maintenance for Etihad
Airways in Los Angeles.
The maintenance services to be performed in
Melbourne and Los Angeles may include transit, daily and weekly
checks, scheduled engineering services and fault repairs for the
aircraft systems and passenger cabins.
Etihad Airways started a daily non-stop service
between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles on 1 June 2014, using a
three-class Airbus A340-500 aircraft. From mid-July a Boeing
777-200LR will operate the route. Air New Zealand has operations
from Los Angeles to Auckland, London-Heathrow and Rarotonga.
Air New Zealand operates an average of five
flights a day from Melbourne to Auckland, Christchurch and
Wellington, as well as a seasonal service to Queenstown.
Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways Senior Vice
President Technical, said, “Our successful codeshare partnership
with Air New Zealand goes back three years and we are delighted to
build on this foundation by working together in the technical
area. Etihad Airways’ Melbourne line maintenance
facilities, services and personnel are world-class, and we look
forward to servicing Air New Zealand’s aircraft while they perform
similar line maintenance for us at their modern facility in Los
Angeles. We also expect this announcement to lead to
further employment opportunities at our Melbourne line maintenance
facility in the future.”
Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce
Parton, added, “We look forward to working with Etihad Airways both
as a customer and service provider. Our Los Angeles maintenance
team currently provides services to several airlines and we are
excited to add Etihad Airways to the list.”
In addition to Melbourne and Sydney, Etihad
Airways’ existing line maintenance facilities are in Chicago,
Dublin, Mumbai, Lahore, London-Heathrow, Manchester and Singapore.
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