Capital A’s engineering unit Asia Digital Engineering (ADE) is set to build integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Malaysia.

Covering an area of more than 380,000ft², the facilities will be spread out on 20.25 acres of land within the KLIA Aeronautical Support Zone 1 (ASZ 1) under the Malaysia Airports’ KLIA Aeropolis development.

Malaysia Airports managing director Dato’ Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said: “Among the aims of our Aeropolis development is to realise Malaysia’s goal in becoming regional aerospace and cargo hubs.

“Towards this end, the KLIA ASZ 1 is a designated area focused on supporting critical aeronautical activities and operations of airlines and cargo operators.

“Notable operators include Airbus MRO subsidiary, Sepang Aircraft Engineering, Cainiao Aeropolis eWTP Hub and the upcoming DHL Express whilst local operators include local airlines, cargo terminal operators and ground handlers.”

Works at the site will start in mid-2022, with completion anticipated within two years.

Once completed, the facilities will have the capacity to provide MRO services for up to 14 commercial aircraft at any time.

The project will also see the development of dedicated component workshops and a digital product development centre.

ADE CEO Mahesh Kumar said: “The Southeast Asia MRO market alone was valued at over $4.5bn in 2021 and the industry is expected to rebound swiftly when things return to the pre-pandemic level. ADE is ready to make a paradigm shift in the industry.

“The new facility will be capable of handling both narrowbody and widebody aircraft, and we are keen to expand our capabilities beyond the current types of aircraft that we perform maintenance on.

“We are confident in our overall prospects to disrupt the aircraft maintenance industry in Asean creating jobs as we grow and delivering significant economic benefits across the value supply chain. 

In June last year, Malaysia Airports concluded the Runway 1 rehabilitation project at KLIA.