Tuesday October 18, 2011
MAS aerospace engineering’s India JV ready to take off
KUALA LUMPUR: MAS-GMR Aero-space Engineering (MGAE) Co Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between Malay-sian Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Sdn Bhd and GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, is to be launched soon.
MAS said the joint venture was a third party Airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility, the first of its kind for its scale, is located in the Special Economic Zone at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.
“The MGAE has one wide-body hangar, one narrow body hangar with three bays and another paint-cum-narrow body hangar with associated workshops.
“It has the capability to provide base maintenance services, starting with narrow-bodied aircraft like Airbus A320, ATR 42/72 and Boeing 737-NG and subsequently wide-body aircraft like A330 and Boeing 777,” said MAS in a statement yesterday.
It said the directorate general of civil aviation completed the audit of the joint-venture facility early this month, paving the way for airline operators to consider this facility for their MRO needs.
Next month, this facility would be audited by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and if the facility met EASA’s stringent criteria, it would be able to attract European-registered aircraft for MRO services, MAS said.
It said the MGAE currently had close to 350 employees and the bulk of the manpower was made up of local Indian skilled workforce, while retired MAS engineers and technicians were also employed at competitive remuneration packages to kick-start operations. – Bernama