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Aviation News MRO Asia-Pacific: Worldwide aviation is facing one of its biggest challenges

MRO Asia-Pacific: Worldwide aviation is facing one of its biggest challenges

Romain Guillot
02 OCT 2019 | 310 words
MRO Asia-Pacific: Worldwide aviation is facing one of its biggest challenges
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Air transport will double in size in Asia over the next ten years and its fleet, which will then have nearly 16 000 commercial aircraft, is already providing wonderful perspectives for support and maintenance.

Against this backdrop, engine and equipment manufacturers would appear to be the best positioned, with a real overview for the future and a significant market share in terms of revenue. They are patiently constructing a consistent network of service centres via joint enterprises or simple licence agreements, which will enable them to provide the closest possible support to their customers in the region.

The major legacy airlines, which are often state-owned, are continuing to invest in their maintenance capacities in order to meet their own requirements, with of course the possibility of providing their services to other operators when possible.

But the other major trend which is emerging in Asia is a significant deficit in available capacity for third party airlines. They have often been created quickly on the low-cost model, with a fleet of aircraft under leasing contracts and by definition do not have their own base maintenance resources. These airlines are often forced to spread their planes out more or less everywhere across the region for their heavy maintenance operations and their fleets appear to be developing gradually quicker than the increase in capacity for the MRO centres which are already in place, a phenomenon which is particularly striking in South East Asia.

Of course, these airlines dream of "on-shoring" and constantly competitive maintenance costs, but this will only be possible if development in maintenance capacities is sped up.

Asia will drive the growth of the OEMs for many years. And to achieve this, the MRO demand for the narrowbody fleet in the region stands out as one of the major challenges facing worldwide aviation.
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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