Etihad opens Melbourne maintenance base

Etihad opens Melbourne maintenance base
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Etihad Airways has opened its second Australian line maintenance base in Melbourne, the UAE carrier's seventh facility outside Abu Dhabi.

The new base, staffed by three technicians and three engineers, will perform all scheduled and non-scheduled line maintenance for Etihad aircraft flying into Melbourne. It will also be able to provide line maintenance to other airlines from September 1.

President and chief executive James Hogan opened the base during a visit to the Victorian capital today, promising more jobs and training were on the horizon.

“Etihad Airways has invested more than $10 million in its Australian line maintenance operations, hiring and upskilling in the process many Australian engineers and technicians,” he said. The airline already has a maintenance base in Sydney.

“While some companies are shedding maintenance jobs, we look forward to hiring even more Australian technicians and engineers as our global operations continue to grow.”

Earlier today, the airline announced a five-year extension of its deal for naming and marketing rights of Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium.

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