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
1. Singapore Technologies Aerospace / 11.5 million