Etihad Airways has been awarded EASA Part 145 Certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) capabilities.
The airline could soon be carrying out aircraft line maintenance work on behalf of other major European airlines, following a comprehensive audit by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA).
The approval effectively means that Etihad Airways' Technical division is now fully accredited to provide line maintenance services on Airbus A319, A320, A330, A340 and Boeing B777 aircraft types for all European carriers.
"Receiving this important certificate effectively validates our technical capabilities and means we can expand our MRO services to handle other major European carriers, both at our Abu Dhabi hub and also at our satellite bases overseas," said Werner Rothenbaecher, Etihad Airways' Executive Vice President Technical.
To obtain the certification, Etihad had to submit a 'Maintenance Organisation Exposition (MOE), supported by a fully documented set of processes and procedures.