ASI (Aircraft Support Industries), a leading 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, one of the largest commercial aircraft MRO services 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 m² of incremental space to its existing facility located at Abu Dhabi International Airport and constructing two new wide-body hangars on site.
The project will see the addition of a new wide-body bay (H6D) to Hangar 6 previously designed and built by ASI in 2011 and which can presently accommodate three A380s simultaneously. The new wide-body bay will also be large enough to take in an A380 aircraft. Another new hangar, Hangar 7 utilising the innovative ‘Stressed Arch’ technology will be constructed. This hangar can accommodate three wide-bodied aircraft 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.