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.

Airbus said that the partnership aims to establish A380 Maintenance, Engineering and Upgrades capabilities in Abu Dhabi to provide third-party support for airlines’ A380 fleets by providing them with efficient turnkey solutions. A380 customers will be able to have their A380 fleets’ heavy maintenance checks and upgrades installations performed concurrently ‘under one roof’ in Abu Dhabi.

Under the MoU, all necessary consumable and expendable parts (needed for the heavy checks and upgrades service bulletin embodiment) will be provided on-site by Airbus’ dedicated inventory management subsidiary – Satair Group.

The service will also be particularly useful to those A380 operators who already have ‘in-house’ MRO capability, but whose own facilities are fully booked with work and therefore need to offload some heavy checks and upgrades to a third-party facility which is backed by Airbus.

Etihad Airways Engineering, an MRO service provider and a part of Etihad Aviation Group, has been awarded an Airbus A330 heavy maintenance contract by Brussels Airlines for its winter 2016-2017 schedule.

Airbus and Etihad Airways Engineering have a long-standing history of successful collaboration on delivering A380 MRO services. Etihad Airways Engineering also just recently delivered ahead of schedule Etihad Airways’ first A380 heavy maintenance C-check along with an extensive cabin refresh.