23 November 2015

Etihad Airways Engineering becomes first Middle East MRO organisation to receive major approval from EASA

Michael John Adams, Vice President MRO Operations; Bernhard Randerath, Vice President Design, Engineering and Innovation; Dilek Senay Yazici, Senior Manager Airworthiness Monitoring; Ahmad Rajei, Senior Manager Design Engineering; and Shevantha Kamil Weerasekera, Head of Engineering Technical Services with the EASA Part21J Major Design Organisation Approval Certificate issued by EASA to Etihad Airways Engineering.


Etihad Airways Engineering, the Middle East’s leading aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, has become the first organisation in the Middle East to be granted an extended Part21J Design Organisation Approval (DOA) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to undertake major cabin design and modification.

With the new approval Etihad Airways Engineering is entitled to design and certify major changes to cabin interiors, galleys or other interior equipment and related structure, and environmental and electrical systems.

Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President, Technical, said: “We are pleased to offer Etihad Airways, its equity partners and third party customers the flexibility of making major cabin modifications to their existing fleet with this Part21J EASA approval. We remain committed to developing our maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities as a one-stop-facility while focusing on new platforms and delivering the highest standards of safety and quality.

“I would like to thank the Design, Engineering and Innovation team whose diligence, expertise and close coordination with EASA has helped us in achieving this capability ahead of time.  With the new approval, the company is now able to offer more comprehensive, tailor-made solutions covering a wide range of technical aspects.”        

Etihad Airways Engineering is an AS9110 certified organisation and already holds EASA 145 approval as well as EASA 21J approval for designing and undertaking minor changes and repairs.