Malaysia Airlines technical arm, MAS Engineering & Maintenance, will co-operate with Airod, a government-owned MRO provider at Kuala Lumpur's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport, to grow their mutual third-party maintenance businesses.
The two sides signed an initial partnership contract for two years but said that they would explore further opportunities and potentially develop a "profitable and viable business model" for the future.
"This is a bold step for Malaysia to become the world's largest independent third-party MRO service provider," said YBhg Tan Sri Ahmad Johan, chairman of Airod's parent, National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI).
MAS E&M has six hangars with eight widebody and 10 narrowbody bays, while Airod has six hangars for both single- and twin-aisle aircraft.
With a combined workforce of 6,400 employees, the two companies can handle up to 64 widebody and 364 narrowbody aircraft heavy maintenance visits a year, according to MAS.
Airod supports government fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, including the Boeing 737, Bombardier CRJ/Global Express and Lockheed C130/L100.
MAS E&M supports Boeing 747, 767, 777, Airbus A320, A330, A340, ATR 42/72 and Fokker 50 aircraft.