Etihad opens Melbourne line facility

DUBAI - Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, James Hogan on Wednesday opened a new line maintenance base in Melbourne, the UAE flag carrier’s seventh facility outside Abu Dhabi and its second in Australia.

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Published: Thu 16 Aug 2012, 10:29 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:24 AM

The new maintenance base will be managed by three engineers and three technicians.

Three of the technicians, Scott Gaskell and Erik Robinson from Brisbane, and Marcus Casey from Melbourne are among 23 trainees which the airline has recruited directly from the training organisation, Aviation Australia.

Hogan said: “Since 2007, Etihad Airways has invested more than $A10 million in its Australian line maintenance operations, hiring and upskilling in the process many Australian engineers and technicians. While some companies are shedding maintenance jobs, we look forward to hiring even more Australian technicians and engineers as our global operations continue to grow.”

“It is particularly pleasing that Etihad Airways was able to bring Scott, Erik and Marcus to our home-base of Abu Dhabi and train them along with the other 20 Australians to become aviation technicians. These three have now returned home to Australia as fully certified aviation professionals.”

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