Etihad Airways and Air New Zealand have signed an agreement to provide reciprocal line maintenance services in Melbourne and Los Angeles.
The agreement will see Etihad Airways perform all scheduled and non-scheduled line maintenance on Air New Zealand aircraft in Melbourne at its engineering facility there, while Air New Zealand has already commenced full line maintenance for Etihad at its facility in Los Angeles.
The maintenance services to be performed in Melbourne and Los Angeles include transit, daily and weekly checks, scheduled engineering services and fault repairs for the aircraft.
“Our successful codeshare partnership with Air New Zealand goes back three years and we are delighted to build on this foundation by working together in the technical area,” Etihad’s SVP Technical, Jeff Wilkinson said. “Etihad’s Melbourne line maintenance facilities, services and personnel are world-class, and we look forward to servicing Air New Zealand’s aircraft while they perform similar line maintenance for us at their modern facility in Los Angeles.”
Air NZ COO Bruce Parton added: “We look forward to working with Etihad both as a customer and service provider. Our Los Angeles maintenance team currently provides services to several airlines and we are excited to add Etihad to the list.”