Etihad appoints new CEO for engineering unit

Abdul Khaliq Saeed replaces Jeff Wilkinson at Etihad Airways Engineering

Etihad Aviation Group's engineering dvision is one of five business units. Roland Magunia/The National
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The Etihad Aviation Group has appointed Abdul Khaliq Saeed as its new chief executive of Etihad Airways Engineering, replacing Jeff Wilkinson after an 11-year stint at the company.

Mr Saeed has over 35 years of experience in international aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and joins the group from the Abu Dhabi-based Turbine Services & Solutions where he held the post of chief executive since 2014.

He also previously served as the president and chief executive of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies until it was acquired by Etihad and became Etihad Airways Engineering in 2014. He has also held senior positions within Mubadala Aerospace, Jet Airways and Gulf Air.

"We are delighted to have Abdul Khaliq as CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering," said Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the chairman of Etihad Aviation Group on Wednesday. "The organisation has become a critical enabler for UAE commercial aviation and Abu Dhabi's role as a global aviation hub over the past 25 years."


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Etihad Airways Engineering has served more than 100 airlines and aviation operators from around the world over the past 25 years.

Etihad Aviation Group has five business divisions – Etihad Airways, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. The group also has minority interests in six airlines: airberlin; Air Serbia; Air Seychelles; Alitalia; Jet Airways; and Virgin Australia.

Etihad Airways flies to or has announced plans to serve more than 110 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft.