1 March 2023

Etihad Airways Engineering and Collins Aerospace to establish Nacelle Centre of Excellence in the UAE

The Etihad Engineering team and the Collins Aerospace team at MRO Middle East, Dubai

Collins Aerospace and Etihad Airways Engineering announced plans to relocate the Collins Nacelle Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) business to the site of Etihad Airways Engineering’s aviation maintenance centre of excellence located adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Etihad Airways Engineering is one of the world’s leading aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services providers and a part of ADQ, offering industry leading aircraft maintenance and engineering solutions including airframe maintenance, component repair, overhaul services and technical training. The establishment of the Nacelle Centre of Excellence in Abu Dhabi will complement Etihad Airways Engineering’s existing aircraft maintenance solutions and provide airline customers with an enhanced offering for MRO services in the region and beyond.

“We are committed to offer comprehensive aircraft maintenance and engineering solutions under one roof to customers from across the world. Having the Nacelle Centre of Excellence onsite with Collins Aerospace will further enhance our value proposition by making world-class nacelle and thrust reverser MRO services available to our regional and international customers,” said Abdul Khaliq Saeed, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering.

“Abu Dhabi is a globally recognised location for the aviation industry and offering Collins’ nacelle technology along with Etihad MRO offerings is highly desirable to our international customers,” said Dana Stephenson, vice president of Aftermarket for Collins Aerospace.

The Nacelle Centre of Excellence will offer best-in-class nacelle and thrust reverser MRO services including quality, turnaround time and asset support operated at the site, to be provided to Etihad Airways’ fleet and other operators within the region.

The Nacelle Centre of Excellence will employ a sophisticated global aftermarket team at the site and direct business activities within the MENA region to the centre.

Nacelles are the protective enclosure of an engine that control the airflow around and through an engine. The system itself is designed to achieve optimal weight, perform under high engine operating temperatures, reduce noise, and improve the lifespan of an aircraft’s wheel and brake system through reversing the airflow thrust.