is expanding its presence in the Southeastern Asia market, announcing plans to add a second hangar to its joint venture aircraft maintenance unit, Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
The hangar will provide maintenance and overhaul of Airbus
single aisle aircraft, capable of handling three A320 family aircraft maintenance checks simultaneously. Fabrice Bregier, CEO of Airbus and Malaysian Prime Minister Sri Najib Razak launched construction of the new hangar on Wednesday.
“The announcements we are making today reflect the enormous potential we see for the aerospace industry in South East Asia,” Bregier said. "This is in line with our strategy to have a stronger footprint in international markets and develop our support services for operators of our aircraft nearer to their home bases."
Customers within the Asia Pacific region currently account for 36 percent of the Airbus order backlog for civil aircraft. In a statement, Airbus said it believes the region is the "fastest growing market for new civil aircraft."
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