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Etihad opens maintenance facility in Manchester

Latest hub coincides with launch of double-daily services to the city.
Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport Managing Director and Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways Vice President for Maintenance
Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport Managing Director and Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways Vice President for Maintenance

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Etihad Airways has marked two significant milestones in Manchester, officially launching a new line maintenance facility and double-daily services to the city.

From today, the airline operates 14 non-stop Manchester-Abu Dhabi return flights, with onward connections to more than 60 global destinations across the Etihad network.

The opening of the new Manchester maintenance facility this afternoon is the airline’s sixth outside Abu Dhabi, and has created seven new jobs for locally skilled workers. Etihad’s existing facilities are in Bombay, Dublin, Lahore, London-Heathrow and Sydney.

Etihad has employed a team of four aircraft engineers and three aircraft mechanics, with over 50 years’ combined experience, to manage the new maintenance operations at Manchester Airport.

The new facility is equipped with the latest technology and will perform all scheduled and non-scheduled line maintenance. Services to be undertaken in Manchester include transit, daily and weekly checks, scheduled engineering services and fault repairs for the aircraft systems and in the cabins.

“We are delighted to open this line maintenance facility here in Manchester, especially on the day when we’ve started our double-daily services to Abu Dhabi. 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,” said Etihad Airways vice president for maintenance, Jeff Wilkinson.

“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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