Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), an MRO centre
based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and partially owned by Airbus since
2011, has become a fully owned Airbus subsidiary, following the
acquisition by Airbus of its remaining shares.
“Since its creation in 2007, SAE has established a strong
reputation in the MRO market for on-time and reliable service,”
said Laurent Martinez, Head of Services by Airbus. “Our ambition
is for SAE to be a leading MRO in the region by becoming an
innovation flagship for servicing Airbus commercial aircraft.”
As recently as September 2017, SAE celebrated the opening of a
second hangar to deal with increasing demand. The MRO now has a
combined floor area of some 50,000 square metres.
The first hangar
can accommodate up to six single-aisle aircraft or two widebody
aircraft, while the second hangar can accommodate two A320
aircraft at any time for major maintenance checks.
It also features Malaysia’s first eco-friendly closed-door dedicated paint
bay, as well as state-of-the-art workshops for the repair and overhaul of a wide range of aircraft components, including
hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
In addition to its
commercial aircraft activities, SAE provides spare parts and
technical support services to the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s
A400M military airlifters.
The facility also houses a
major regional inventory of spare parts for Airbus single-aisle
and wide-body aircraft for airlines that have selected the Airbus
Flight Hour Services (FHS) total support package for their fleets.
SAE employs some 500 people. Its customers include the
AirAsia Group, Cebu Pacific, Indigo, Jetstar Asia, Scoot, Malindo
Air, MASWings, and VietJet Air.
Apart from SAE, Airbus
Customer Services already has a strong footprint in the region –
particularly in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
Airbus’ Customer Services Asia Pacific base includes: FHS-TSP;
Flight Ops Support; the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) joint
venture with Singapore Airlines; HMS Services MRO joint venture
with SIAEC; and the regional Service Centre for Airbus spare parts
subsidiary Satair Group.
Meanwhile in Thailand, Bangkok, Airbus
hosts Asia Pacific Airbus Flight Operation Services.
customers benefit from the Airbus Malaysia Customer Services for
Engineering Support, FHS Customer Order Desk and FHS Supplier
Management – located in Kuala Lumpur.
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