SEPANG - Malaysia has consolidated its position as one of the three leading countries in the Asia Pacific area for aircraft maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO) services.
This was acknowledged by aircraft manufacturer Airbus, which has set up a new Airbus Customer Services Centre for specialised aerospace engineering services here.
The centre, located adjacent to the Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) facility, represents an expansion of Airbus' global network of offices providing 24/7 specialised major engineering and repair services.
Existing offices offering these services are in Toulouse, Hamburg, Wichita and Beijing.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who officiated the launch of the construction of the hangar at the SAE facility yesterday, said SAE would be able to offer world-class maintenance services to airlines from across the region and beyond while the new Airbus Customer Services facility would put Malaysia on the international map as a centre for specialised aerospace engineering services.
"Both initiatives will significantly enhance our position in this high-value business.
"It will also provide further proof that Malaysia is a major player in the MRO business in the region," he said.
Najib added that Malaysia had thus identified the MRO business as one of the sectors in the Business Services Entry National Key Econo-mic Areas (NKEAs).