Etihad Airways Engineering, a commercial aircraft MRO services provider in the Middle East, has signed a three-year contract with Air Tahiti Nui for the heavy maintenance of its Airbus A340-300 fleet.

Under the contract, Air Tahiti Nui will send nine Airbus A340 inputs for C-checks to the Abu Dhabi MRO facility of Etihad Airways Engineering. The project has already been initiated and will run until the end of 2019.

Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “We are pleased to welcome Air Tahiti Nui to Abu Dhabi for heavy maintenance checks. Our MRO and design and engineering capabilities are expanding at a rapid pace and enabling us to offer an extensive range of industry leading aircraft maintenance and engineering solutions under one roof to customers from all over the world.

Raymond Topin, VP Operations of Air Tahiti Nui, said: “We chose Etihad Airways Engineering to support us in maintaining our fleet based on their extensive experience and expertise and we are looking forward to a long-term relationship as we continue to enhance and expand our services.”

Etihad Airways Engineering and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work jointly on the development of a new A380 MRO Services offering, starting in 2017.

The MRO company said that with its partnership and codeshare agreements, Air Tahiti Nui’s network currently covers more than 35 cities around the world.

The airline, based in Papeete, Tahiti, currently operates five Airbus A340-300s. The airline is expecting four Boeing 787-9s, which are due to be delivered in 2018 and 2019, to replace the current A340-300s.

It serves destinations on regular flight to Papeete, Los Angeles, Paris, Auckland and Tokyo