The Etihad Engineering team completed a six-year heavy maintenance check on the first in a series of Airbus A380 aircraft for its return to service after a period of secure ground storage.

Preparing the A380 for its return to service at its MRO facility in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Engineering team carried out removal, inspection and installation of the full aircraft cabin which features The Residence, 9 First Apartments and 70 Business Studios on the upper deck as well as 405 Economy Smart Seats.

The scope of the comprehensive check included rear spar modifications, frame modifications, removal, inspection and installation of all four engines, and the inspection and servicing of a wide range of sophisticated components at our dedicated workshops onsite.

“The Etihad Engineering team has built formidable experience and expertise over the years on the A380 platform, having carried out the world’s first 12-year check on an A380 as well as complex structural modifications, landing gear changes, cabin refurbishment and numerous heavy maintenance programmes for customers from Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the Far East,” said Haytham Nasir, senior vice president, Airframe Services, Etihad Engineering.

David Doherty, vice president, commercial, added: “The Etihad Airways A380 fleet features one of the most luxurious, award-winning guest experiences and we are as excited as the airline in bringing the aircraft back to the skies this summer. We have delivered the first A380 of the Etihad Airways re-entry into service programme and work has begun on the next input in the nose-to-tail project at our facility.”