Etihad Airways Engineering has announced that it has become the first organisation in the Middle East to receive a Part21G Production Organisation Approval (POA) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
This now allows Etihad Airways Engineering to manufacture interior parts such as seat covers, carpets, curtains, decals and markings alongside composite and other cabin structures and release them with an EASA airworthiness certificate. They can be installed onto aircraft registered in Europe or in any country recognising EASA certificates.
Jeff Wilkinson, chief executive of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “We are pleased to offer Etihad Airways, its equity partners and third party customers the flexibility of making cabin parts in-house. It will offer shorter lead times and competitive modification services
as a package, in combination with our EASA Part21J design approvals and the testing labs operated with our partners. We remain focussed on developing our maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities as a one-stop-facility while focusing on new platforms and delivering the highest standards of safety and quality.”
Etihad Airways Engineering is an AS9110 certified organisation and already holds EASA 145 approval, alongside EASA 21J approval for designing and undertaking minor and major changes and repairs.
Caption: The Etihad Airways Engineering team display their Production Organisation Approval certificate. (L-R) Michael Adams, VP MRO operations; Bernhard Randerath, VP design, Engineering and Innovation; Jeff Wilkinson, CEO Etihad Engineering; Stephan Keil, senior manager projects.