Addis Ababa February 27/2013 Ethiopian Airlines announced that its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility is granted the approval to full airframe maintenance capability for Bombardier's Q100, Q200 and Q300 turboprop airplanes.
According to a statement Ethiopian sent to ENA on Wednesday the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and the American Federal Aviation Administration granted the approval to the MRO.
Ethiopian huge investment in facility expansion, equipment, training of personnel, and approved maintenance data has enabled the airline to acquire such capability.
Ethiopian is working with Bombardier to continue expanding on this MRO cooperation.
Construction of two new maintenance hangars, the expansion of engine maintenance facilities and training program for large number of aircraft technicians and engineers will reposition Ethiopian MRO services as a major and leading player in Africa.
The Q100, Q200 and Q300 turboprops are popular in Africa and are widely used by regional operators in the continent.
Presently, Ethiopian MRO has full airframe maintenance capacity on Boeing 777,767,757,737NGs, 737 Classic, Bombardier Q400 and MD-11 model aircraft, according to the statement.