AAR started operating part of a former Northwest Airlines facility in Duluth, Minn., in 2011, thereby expanding its network to five facilities. But it “continues to look for viable opportunities to expand both domestically and internationally,” says a company spokesman. AAR’s total man-hours increased 33.5%, from 3.46 million in 2011, and it anticipates growing by 5-10% this year, compared to 2012.
Turkish Technic purchased MNG Teknik in May, which expands its offerings into 757 and 767 maintenance, as well as A300-600 cargo conversions. In 2012, Turkish alone performed 133 C and D checks, and it has 2.8 million man-hours of capacity for heavy maintenance, plus another 1.2 million for component MRO.
Its Habom facility that is scheduled to open by year-end will add another 370,000 sq. meters (4 million sq. ft.) of hangar and workshop space at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul. In addition to heavy maintenance, this location also will be home to the Turkish cabin interiors and seats industry—making it an “aviation campus” for both MRO and manufacturing, according to the company.
But at the same time, medium-size and niche players are flexing their strengths, as well.
Commercial Jet, which completed 800,000 airframe maintenance man-hours in 2012, purchased Pemco World Air Services‘ former complex at Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama to serve as an overflow facility for its Miami operation. Pemco declined to participate in our survey this year, however, two years ago it logged 1.3 million airframe maintenance man-hours.
Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, which completed 600,000 heavy maintenance and component man-hours in 2012, started building a two-bay widebody hangar in January, adjacent to its existing facilities in Wilmington, Ohio, that it plans to occupy by the end of first-quarter 2014.
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.