MAS, Leading Edge offer boutique painting for carriers

MALAYSIA Airlines’ (MAS) engineering division has teamed up with US-based Leading Edge Aviation Services to offer international carriers specialised “boutique” painting and finishing services at its hangar in Subang. 

Technical and ground operations senior general manager Tajuden Abu Bakar said: “The new specialised service is part of Malaysia Airlines' continuing programme to make the Subang International Aerospace Park the regional hub for maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft.”  

He was speaking to reporters after the two companies sealed an exclusive cooperation agreement at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. 

Leading Edge is the world's largest and most established aircraft painting company in the world with more than 1,600 aircraft painted since 1989.  

The company is responsible for painting over 60% of commercial aircraft in service for almost all major international carriers.  

It operates five paint hangars at Amarillo International Airport in the US, and the exclusive agreement with MAS signed yesterday would make Subang its first paint shop in Asia.  

Leading Edge president Michael Manclark said Asia was the fastest growing market in the airline industry and the company was looking to find a suitable partner within the region to better serve its clients operating in this part of the world. 

He said previously its customers operating in the region had to fly all the way to the US for their customised paint job.  

“We have had numerous requests by our clients to set up our paint shop here ... now we have found the right partner to do it,” he said. 

Manclark said the partnership would promote technology transfer to the national carrier and would enhance its market presence.  

“The association between the two companies is expected to involve minimum investment for the airline because Leading Edge is a long established company with tremendous resources and large loyal customers,” he said. 

Under the agreement, the two companies will work together in marketing the services offered at Subang. 

With Leading Edge on board, MAS' engineering division is now able to offer world-class third-party aircraft heavy maintenance as well as the highest quality aircraft finishes in the industry. 

Recently, MAS had signed an agreement with Aviation Partners Boeing to set up the region's first modification centre for the installation of blended winglets. 

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