Air Asia unit gets base maintenance nod from CAAM, eyes Asean

Air Asia's Asia Digital Engineering (ADE) team tasked to undertake maintenance on a Myanmar Airways aircraft in the hangar at KLIA.

KUALA LUMPUR: Asia Digital Engineering Sdn Bhd (ADE) has set its target to be one of the biggest aircraft maintenance repairs and overhaul (MRO) in Asean after getting its base maintenance approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM).

ADE, a unit of AirAsia Group Bhd, said on Wednesday with the CAAM's approval, it will now not only perform regular line maintenance, but also base maintenance (hangar or C-checks) for the AirAsia Group’s airlines.

It will also be available to support third party airlines for MRO and it is well on its way of becoming Asia’s leading provider of aviation engineering services.

The CEO of ADE, Mahesh Kumar said ADE has made great progress since it was launched in the midst of the pandemic in September last year.

ADE, he said, was now able to support AirAsia Group and other airlines in the region.

“AirAsia Group have been sending aircraft to other MRO operators for scheduled base maintenance, which will now be able to be serviced locally in Malaysia delivering significant efficiencies including reduced maintenance costs, ” he said.

Mahesh said ADE has also received approvals from the Directorates-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India and Indonesia.

“We will continue to work with other aviation authorities in Asean as well as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for further approvals to support more local, regional and international operators with leading edge technology, innovation, and great value services at the highest quality, ” he said.

The latest accomplishment fits in ADE's expectations that Malaysia should be the strategic hub for aircraft maintenance in the region and beyond, creating jobs and economic benefits for the future and CAAM has helped make this a reality.

Based on demand, ADE is looking to expand its aircraft maintenance facilities and services in KLIA, Johor and other airports in Malaysia by either utilising existing hangars or building new hangars.

“With this base maintenance approval from CAAM, ADE is now poised to become not just the biggest MRO in Malaysia, but also one of the biggest in Asean and beyond.

“Importantly, as ADE continues to drive digital innovation, our base maintenance division will continue to enable ADE to deliver industry leading, cost effective and high quality solutions through cutting edge technologies, which previously were not possible, ” he said.

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