The Airbus maintenance facility in Malaysia has officially opened its second hangar, while also celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) officially opened its second hangar on 21st September with a ceremony attended by Dato‘ Sri Ong Ka Chuan, Minister of International Trade and Industry II, Malaysia. The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the independent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre.
The 12,000m2 hangar boosts SAE’s capacity to handle the Airbus A320 Family, and can accommodate two of the aircraft at any time for major maintenance checks. It also features Malaysia’s first eco-friendly closed-door dedicated paint bay, as well as state-of-the-art workshops for the repair and overhaul of a wide range of components used on Airbus aircraft, including hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
SAE’s first hangar, which opened in 2007, has a floor area of 37,000m2 and can accommodate up to six single-aisle aircraft or two widebody aircraft at any one time.
In addition to its commercial aircraft activities, SAE provides spare parts and technical support services to the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s fleet of A400M military airlifters. The facility also houses a major regional inventory of spare parts for Airbus A320, A330 and A380 aircraft for airlines that have selected the Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) total support package for their fleets.
Malaysia is Airbus’ third-largest market in the Asia-Pacific region, after China and India. Airbus also has an engineering design centre at Sepang.