Etihad Marks Two More Manchester Milestones

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Etihad Airways has launched a new line maintenance facility and double-daily services to Manchester Airport in the UK.

The airline now operates 14 non-stop return flights between Manchester and Abu Dhabi, UAE, with connections to more than 60 global destinations.

Manchester Airport MD Andrew Harrison and Etihad Airways’ VP for Maintenance Jeff Wilkinson surrounded by Etihad Airways technical staff. (Etihad)

The Manchester maintenance facility is Etihad’s sixth outside of Abu Dhabi and will be opened in the afternoon of August 2.  Four local aircraft engineers and three aircraft mechanics have been employed to manage the new operations at the airport.

The workshop is equipped with the latest technology and will perform all scheduled and non-scheduled line maintenance.  Services include transit, daily and weekly checks, scheduled engineering services and fault repairs for the aircraft systems and inside the cabins.

The airline’s Vice President for Maintenance Jeff Wilkinson is delighted with the developments.  He said:  “Our investment in Manchester illustrates the remarkable growth of the airline, our ambition to bring key services in-house in markets we operate to, and also to recruit locally.”

He continues:  “Over the coming months, Etihad will seek approval to enable this new facility to offer maintenance services to other airlines with the same aircraft types as Etihad Airways.  We will continue to work with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, in the United Arab Emirates, for more extensive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for our fleet of aircraft.”

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