Lantal and Etihad open first flammability lab in Middle East


Above: The lab is located in Etihad Airways Engineering’s base in Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways Engineering is the largest commercial aircraft MRO services provider in the Middle East

January 10, 2017 – Etihad Airways Engineering and Lantal Textiles AG have opened what they claim is the first flammability test laboratory in the Middle East. Located inside the Etihad Airways Engineering facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport, the lab is intended to provide test services including flammability tests, seat cushion tests, heat release tests and smoke tests for regional aviation customers, including VIP operators, MRO organizations, design and production organizations and cabin interior suppliers.

According to the partners, the laboratory conforms to ISO 17025 quality management standards, and all testing will be conducted in accordance with the Airworthiness Regulations FAR / CS 25.853.

Jeff Wilkinson, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “Through our partnership with Lantal, it is now easier and faster for aviation customers in the region to access world-class flammability testing at our facility in Abu Dhabi.”

Dr Urs Rickenbacher, CEO of Lantal added, “The Lantal flammability test lab in Switzerland is well-known for its high quality standards and short lead times. We have a significant market share in Europe, and our new lab in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with Etihad Airways Engineering, will now bring our service closer to customers in the Middle East.”

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