Sunday, June 20, 2021

AirAsia’s ADE bags maintenance mandate from Malaysia’s Aviation Authority

by Staff Correspondent

Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia group, is a leading provider of engineering services for AirAsia’s group of airlines as well as for the airline industry.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has accorded maintenance approval to the Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), MRO unit of AirAsia Group lately.

Ensuing this nod, ADE will now not only perform regular line maintenance, but also base maintenance (hangar or C-checks) for AirAsia Group’s airlines and will also be available to support third-party airlines for aircraft MRO, the company stated in a statement.

Emphasizing on the potential of ADE, CEO Mahesh Kumar said, “We are aspiring to make ADE not just the biggest MRO service provider in Malaysia, but also one of the largest in Asian SouthEast Asian Nations.”

I always believed that Malaysia must be the strategic hub for aircraft maintenance in the region and beyond to create jobs and economic benefits for the future. ADE has made great progress since it was launched during the pandemic in September last year. We are thrilled to expand our services now to support AirAsia Group and other airlines in the region” he further added.

Keeping the surge in demand, Kumar informed that, “ADE is looking to expand their aircraft maintenance facilities and services at KLIA (the Kuala Lumpur International Airport), Johor and other airports in Malaysia by either utilising existing hangars or mounting new hangars.”

Whilst commenting on the win, Kumar said “AirAsia Group has been sending the aircrafts to other MRO operators for scheduled base maintenance, which will now be able to be serviced locally in Malaysia [and hence] delivering significant efficiencies, including reduced maintenance cost.

Worldwide, Mahesh said ADE had received approvals from the Directorates-General of Civil Aviation of India and Indonesia, and that ADE will continue to work with other aviation authorities in ASEAN as well as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency for further approvals to offer extensive MRO services.

ADE’s operations are highly propelled by big data and state-of-the-art digital technologies. Being a fully integrated digital company, ADE endeavours for operational excellence through enhanced visibility, intelligence and decision-making enabled by data.

By combining data from our daily operations with other external data sources, we can provide our customers with the most comprehensive end-to-end solutions to meet their needs,” Kumar affirms.

Recently, AirAsia Group shares were traded down two sen or 2.42% at 84.5 sen, with a market value of about RM2.82 billion. AirAsia Group has 3.34 billion issued shares, according to its latest quarterly financial report.

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