(18/01/23) Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), the engineering arm of Capital A (the company formerly known as the AirAsia Group), has opened the doors to a new Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hangar facility in Senai, Johor Bahru.
The 5,000 sqm hangar, built on 107.4 acres at Senai Airport’s Free Industrial Zone (SAFIZ), is the first MRO facility at the Senai International Airport Aviation Park and ADE’s third MRO facility.
HRH Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor, receiving a personalised memento made from a repurposed aircraft part from Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A
“Senai Airport Terminal Services (SATS) has developed a comprehensive 20-year master plan to transform Senai International Airport and its surroundings to a world-class airport city. At ADE, we see this as a golden opportunity for us to expand our presence and expertise in the MRO space, especially in bringing more foreign investments to the state and the nation in general through the aerospace industry” said Mahesh Kumar, CEO of ADE. “In line with ADE’s belief in appreciating and nurturing the community, we look forward to expanding our hangar facility functions into a training school for aviation professionals and aerospace engineering students nationwide and beyond. We believe the best way to grow our company and the community we serve is to invest in our own people by reskilling and upskilling them.”
With over 20 years of engineering experience servicing AirAsia, ADE is extending its expertise and best practices in airline engineering to third-party airlines providing services including component support, line maintenance and base maintenance for various aircraft models, such as the Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft families, with plans to grow their capacity to service other aircraft types in the future.
“We are proud that ADE marks a milestone today in disrupting and changing MRO services in a significant way, just like how AirAsia disrupted and created a whole new market for travel more than 20 years ago. We owe a large part of AirAsia to the maintenance and high efficiency of ADE, and in turn, guarantee its fleet of work to ADE, which allows it to reduce costs for airlines, thus lowering fares for customers,” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A. “Moreover, due to Capital A’s digital ecosystem with our investment into data, ADE has greatly been able to benefit using data science to increase efficiency, reliability and productivity. As a 21st century engineering company driven by big data, we are sure ADE will put Johor and Malaysia firmly on the map as a world leading MRO provider for AirAsia and other third party airlines within the region.”