Airbus will open a customer services centre and expand its MRO joint venture at Kuala Lumpur International airport (KLIA) to provide more support for operators in Southeast Asia.
The customer services centre will provide specialised engineering support to customers as part of its global support network. It will be located at KLIA, adjacent to its MRO joint venture, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE).
In addition, construction has started on a new 13,000 m2 (140,000ft2) hangar at SAE. When completed, the hangar will have the capacity to handle an additional three Airbus A320s, allowing the facility to, at any one time, accommodate nine aircraft.
“With a skilled talent pool, quality workmanship and competitive cost base, Malaysia is one of the countries that have the right ingredients to become a key partner for Airbus,” says Airbus president and chief executive Fabrice Brégier. “This is in line with our strategy to have a stronger footprint in international markets and develop our support services for operators of our aircraft nearer to their home bases.”
SAE is a joint venture between Airbus and founder Syed Budriz Putra and provides MRO services for Airbus A320 family aircraft. Its clients include AirAsia, Tigerair and Lao Airlines.