Today Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance announced it inked a long-term deal with Philippine Airlines fully covering MRO activities on the GE90 engines that power PAL's Boeing 777-300ERs -- from on-site and on-wing maintenance to shop visits, component support, spare engines and engineering support.
PAL is one of many airlines in the emerging SE Asia region to choose to contract out a big chunk of its maintenance. While it's a well-established carrier (founded around mid-century), its new colleagues -- mainly low-cost start-ups -- have likewise chosen to send their maintenance work out.
IndoPelita, the MRO arm of Indonesian carrier Pelita Air Services, has Indonesian and Philippine certification for heavy checks on BAe 146 and RJ-series aircraft, and this year will submit applications for EASA and FAA certifications. [Photo credit: IndoPelita]
Aviation Week's Singapore-based senior editor Leithen Francis explores this new breed of carriers and their maintenance preferences in this month's issue of Overhaul & Maintenance. You can read the full article here.
Leithen astutely points out that: "Carriers are preparing to launch operations in an effort to capitalize on the next travel boom, but because these start-ups are small, each will be relying heavily on outside parties for line and heavy maintenance."