Press Room

Malaysia Airlines Signs Business Collaboration with AIROD

Kuala Lumpur, 20 July 2011 : Malaysia Airlines (MAS) today signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airod Sdn Bhd (AIROD) that will enable both parties to collaborate with each other in providing aircraft engineering and maintenance support.

The agreement was signed on behalf of Malaysia Airlines by the Executive Vice President (Engineering and Maintenance) Encik Mohd Roslan Ismail and Dato Kamil Aziz, CEO of AIROD. It was witnessed by YB Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and YBhg Tan Sri Ahmad Johan, the Executive Chairman of National Aerospace & Defense Industries Sdn Bhd (the Holding Company of AIROD).

“We are glad to share our expertise with AIROD and at the same time tap into their skills in order to improve our competitiveness in the market,” said Encik Roslan.

“We are excited with the signing between the two leading aviation MRO companies, as it paves the way for rationalizing and subsequently growing Malaysia’s MRO industry further. The GTA will enable both companies to unleash their potentials by co-optimizing the utilization of resources and sharing of existing facilities to undertake additional 3rd party aircraft maintenance work. This is a bold step for Malaysia to become the world’s largest independent third party MRO service provider,” said YBhg Tan Sri Ahmad Johan.

The GTA signed is for two years and will enable both MAS engineering and AIROD to take advantage of the complementary strengths of each other to provide cost effective and competitive maintenance expertise for all aircraft ranging from propeller to jet engine types.

Both parties will also explore and evaluate future business opportunities in relation to the expertise sharing and develop the same into a profitable and viable business model.

Currently MAS engineering has 6 hangars which provide 8 wide body and 10 narrow body aircraft slots, while AIROD has 6 hangars which can accommodate 16 narrow body aircraft.  AIROD also has a dedicated paint and strip hangar. The two companies have a total manpower of 6,400 and the collaboration will have capacity to handle 64 wide body and 364 narrow body aircraft heavy maintenance visits per year from various world leading aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus and ATR.

The coming together of the two leading local Maintenance and Repair Organisations (MROs) will not only strengthen the capacity and capability of the local MRO industry but to position Malaysia as a leading global MRO player.

About MAS engineering

MAS engineering has been an MRO since year 1972 with over 5300 staff servicing more than 100 global customers. In 2010, Aviation Week of US has ranked MAS engineering as number 3 among the top MROs in the world.

In 2009, MAS engineering was recognised by Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific as the Airframe MRO Center of the Year and Aviation Week named MAS engineering as the Best Asia Pacific Airline MRO Operation in the same year.


AIROD is an internationally recognized aerospace Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Modification Centre for aircrafts. It was one of the first government organizations to be privatized under the Government of Malaysia privatization program in 1984. AIROD employs about 1100 qualified and experienced personnel with an average experience of fifteen years. AIROD currently has 78 customers from 33 Countries. In 2008 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific recognized AIROD as the Best Customized MRO.


(from left to right) Malaysia Airlines Executive Vice President (Engineering and Maintenance) Encik Mohd Roslan Ismail, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, YB Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Executive Chairman of National Aerospace & Defense Industries Sdn Bhd (the Holding Company of AIROD), YBhg Tan Sri Ahmad Johan and CEO of AIROD, Dato Kamil Aziz.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Anbarasu Sundram
Email :
Phone : (03) 7840 4485
Mobile : (019) 222 4952