According to a story last week in the Jakarta Post
, Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia is going to be opening its planned 4th hangar as soon as next year to keep up with burgeoning foreign demand for maintenance services.
According to the report, the Jakarta-based MRO is currently building the new facility on 18,000 sq. m. and says it is capable of holding 16 narrowbodies.
GMF AeroAsia's president Richard Budihadianto notes two interesting things: More and more third-party clients appear to be on the rise, and the maintenance facility is planning to work with other MROs to expand more locations.
AviationWeek reported a few days ago that Garuda Indonesia signed an MOU with CFM International for maintenance support on the CFM56 engines that power the Boeing 737-800, but I'm curious about who else may be in the pipeline. GMF AeroAsia has been trying to gain approval to expand the hangar for a long time from its parent company Garuda Indonesia, as the growing aviation market in Indonesia has forced private Indonesian carriers to outsurce heavy checks to Malaysia and Singapore due to lack of maintenance resources.
GMF AeroAsia seems to be setting its sights past its planned 5th hangar for multiple widebody aircraft, which is already in the pipeline to be operational as early as 2013. It should be a fun company to watch in the next few months as we start learning more about these alleged ties with other MROs.