Having completed an RMB1.5 billion, five-year expansion of buildings, hangars and infrastructure just 18 months ago, Ameco Beijing is having no trouble keeping the new facilities busy.
“We’re really full on airframe overhaul,” says Dr. Andreas Heizner, general manager and CEO of the joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa German Airlines. Ameco ranked No. 8 in the world in terms of airframe man-hours (2.8 million) and ninth in revenues ($488 million) in Aviation Week’s 2012 survey of top providers of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
More importantly, more business is coming from third parties.
With airframe overhaul showing a compound annual growth rate of 20% over the last five years, third-party business represented 78% of total airframe workload in 2011. Growth was 5% in 2012, but Heizner is happy both with the number of new airline customers, which now total around 100, and the amount of repeat business from overseas.
Third-party business now represents 40% of Ameco’s combined airframe, engines, components and line maintenance business.
In the last year Ameco has added A330 overhaul capability, and A320/321 landing gear repair. It redelivered the 200th heavy maintenance check for United Airlines on Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft, expanded its cabin modification business, and is installing WiFi in Air China’s A330s and Boeing 777s with 737-800s and A320s to follow.
A380 Wing Work
Ameco Beijing recently completed the first two of nine Airbus A380 wing modifications for a third-party client.
“The A380 program involves 30,000 man-hours per aircraft, or more than 50 days” says Heizner. “Our turnaround times on both were ahead of schedule due to very good program management.”