Airbus set to expand footprint in Malaysia
SEPANG: Airbus is set to increase its presence in Malaysia with the expansion of its joint venture maintenance unit, Sepang
Aircraft Engineering (SAE), and the establishment of a new Airbus Customer Service Centre, said Airbus president and chief executive officer Fabrice Bregier.
He said the new SAE hangar, which specialised in the maintenance and overhaul of Airbus single aisle aircraft, would have a floor area of 13,000 square metres and was capable of accommodating three A320 Family aircraft for major maintenance checks.
Meanwhile, Bregier said the new Airbus Customer Service Centre, to be located adjacent to SAE, represented an expansion of the manufacturer’s global network of offices providing specialised major aircraft engineering and repair services aroud the clock.
The Malaysian centre would provide employment for over 100 skilled engineers and mechanics.
"The announcements we are making today reflect the enormous potential we see for the aerospace industry in Southeast Asia.
"Malaysia is one of the countries that has the right ingredients to become a key partner for Airbus.
"This is in line with our strategy to have a stronger footprint in international markets and develop support services for operators of our aircraft nearer to their home base," he said at the launch of the second hangar at the SAE facility by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak here today.
Malaysia is an important industrial partner for Airbus, with suppliers working on various aircraft-programmes, including CTRM Aero Composites Sdn Bhd, which is the fifth largest supplier to Airbus of composite structures in the world.
Airbus is the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer offering the most modern, innovative and efficient family of passenger airlines on the market, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 500 seats.-- Bernama