Etihad Airways has opened a line maintenance base at Chicago's O'Hare International airport, its first in the USA.
The facility will perform all scheduled and non-scheduled line maintenance for Etihad's daily Boeing 777 aircraft flying Abu Dhabi to Chicago.
The base will also provide line maintenance services for Etihad partner Air Berlin's Airbus A330-operated Chicago flight. Air Berlin will begin its thrice weekly Berlin-Chicago service on 23 March, rising to five weekly in summer 2013.
Etihad will deploy a team of Abu Dhabi-trained line maintenance aircraft engineers to be based at the Chicago facility, with additional engineering support provided by Chicago-based aircraft maintenance provider Flightcheck, .
In addition to extending line maintenance services to Air Berlin, the UAE flag carrier will also offer full technical handling for at least one other carrier.
Etihad's existing line maintenance facilities are in Dublin, Lahore, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Melbourne and Sydney.