The Etihad Aviation Group confirmed Abdul Khaliq Saeed as the new Chief Executive Officer for Etihad Airways Engineering, replacing Jeff Wilkinson, who is leaving the post after 11 years with the company.

Saeed brings over 35 years of international maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry experience, and joins Etihad Airways Engineering from Abu Dhabi based, Turbine Services & Solutions where he has been Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Previously he was President and CEO of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies until it was acquired by Etihad Airways and became Etihad Airways Engineering in 2014. He has also held senior positions within Mubadala Aerospace, Jet Airways, and Gulf Air.

“We are delighted to have Abdul Khaliq as CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering,” said H.E. Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Etihad Aviation Group. “The organisation has become a critical enabler for UAE commercial aviation and Abu Dhabi’s role as a global aviation hub over the past 25 years. Under his leadership, we will maintain our focus on innovation and business performance.”

“We are very happy to have Abdul Khaliq leading the world-class team at Etihad Airways Engineering,” said Ray Gammell, Interim Group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group. ”The business enables Etihad Airways and many global airlines to keep their fleets flying. Abdul Khaliq’s MRO experience, knowledge of the regional aviation market and proven track record makes him the clear choice to operate and grow this critical part of the Etihad Aviation Group.”