Aviation Week Ranks Biggest Airframe MROs

By Lee Ann Tegtmeier
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

Kalitta Air added 335,000 sq. ft. of hangar and shop space at its facility in Oscodo, Mich. (AW&ST MRO Edition April 15, p. MRO12), while FL Technics plans to add capacity for up to six narrowbodies at Kaunas Airport in Lithuania later this year.

FL Technics, which accrued 360,900 airframe maintenance man-hours last year, accelerated its spare parts capabilities recently with partnership with Aeroinv.com and Seal Dynamics—along with its own power-by-the-hour type programs in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services (AMS) in Poland completed 280,000 third-party airframe maintenance man-hours in 2012, plus another 350,000 for line maintenance. MRO for Embraer aircraft comprised the bulk of its 42 C checks in 2012, followed by Boeing 737s and 767s. Within three years, it hopes to double the number of base checks with the help of increased traffic to Poland. In addition, it expects to receive its line-maintenance certification for 787s soon. LOT Polish Airlines, which sold LOT AMS in 2012, was the European launch customer for that aircraft.

Speaking of line maintenance, while our survey excludes line maintenance from the survey tally, it's important to point out that MROs of all sizes are expanding this capability.

Air Work India expects to add new stations and upgrade existing ones to handle widebodies such as the 777, A330 and A340.

Middle East Aircraft Services Co. (Masco), which completed 57,000 third-party airframe maintenance man-hours in 2012, expects line maintenance to be its biggest growth area during the next few years.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering, which performed 650,000 airframe maintenance man-hours last year, has opened year-around line stations at East Midlands and Leeds Bradford airports in the U.K. A checks and technical management are also offered there.

SIA Engineering expects line maintenance work to grow “in tandem with the regional flight growth expected with the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) open-skies agreement starting in 2015,” says a company spokeswoman.

In other words, expect growth—especially in Asia-Pacific.

2012 Total Airframe Man-Hours By Corporate Entities
2012 Total Airframe Man-Hours By Corporate Entities
RankCompany2012 Total Airframe Man-hours
1Singapore Technologies Aerospace11.5 million
2Haeco Group7.4 million
3AAR Corp.4.6 million
4SIA Engineering Co.4.2 million
5Lufthansa Technik4.1 million
6AFI KLM E&M3.9 million
7Timco Aviation Services3.2 million
8Ameco Beijing2.8 million
9Mubadala Aerospace*2.5 million
10Iberia Maintenance2.3 million
* Includes ADAT and SR Technics
2012 Highest Revenues of MRO Providers in millions of $ U.S.
2012 Highest Revenues of MRO Providers in millions of $ U.S.
Company2012 Revenue2012 Gross/Operating Profit
Lufthansa Technik$5,210$4131
AFI KLM E&M 3,134 143
AAR Corp. 2,065 1312
Singapore Technologies Aerospace 2,019 3043
Mubadala Aerospace 1,140 n/a
SIA Engineering Co. 907 101
Haeco Group4 751 61
Iberia 589 n/a
Ameco Beijing 488 n/a
Timco n/a n/a

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