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MASAE enhances productivity,
MAS Aerospace Engineering
(MASAE), the MRO unit
of Malaysia Airlines (MAS),
expects productivity to
improve and scheduled
times to shrink with the implementation of new so ware
to help manage the company's operations.
Implementation of the SAP Enterprise Resource
Planning (ERP) so ware will start in the second quarter
of 2011and is slated to be completed by the third quarter
on 2012. e so ware will run on the company's IBM
780/791 mainframe. With software maker SAP's
industry-speci c solutions, many existing stand-alone
legacy systems, which are more than 20 years old, will
MASAE Managing Director Mohd Roslan Ismail
said the system will manage all the company's MRO
functions, including maintenance planning , engineering
operations, quality control and the supply chain.
"Depending on the level of maintenance to be done,
with the SAP implementation, turnaround time will be
reduced by a few days," Roslan said.
When fully operational, the system will cover work
done on MAS's eet of 115 aircra , 319 engines and 6.1
million parts. A total of 3,000 users, including engineers
and technicians, will be trained to use the system.
Azmil Zahruddin, managing director and chief
executive o cer of MAS, said the simpli cation and
streamlining of processes, better control and tracking
of the parts inventory, and the automation of systems
will boost engineering and maintenance e ciency and
contribute signi cantly to the airline's revenue.
e implementation is part of a US$103.22 million
investment by MAS for a system-wide information
technology (IT) upgrade to streamline operations and
maximise business e ciency.
MASAE has airframe heavy maintenance capabilities
covering Boeing 747, 777, Airbus A330/340
widebodies, A320-family narrowbodies, single-aisle
Boeing 737s and ATR 72 turboprop aircra . e
company also offers ageing-aircraft programmes,
corrosion prevention programmes, passenger-to-cargo
conversions, blended-wing installation, cabin and
cockpit upgrades, lap-joint modi cations and Section
41 modi cations.
MASAE has a total of six hangars at Kuala Lumpur
International Airport (KLIA) and the city's smaller
Subang airport, with certi cations from the aviation
authorities of 31 countries, including the US Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA) and India's Directorate General
of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
e company kept a low pro le for much of the 30
years a er it started operations in 1972 as the Engineering
& Maintenance division of MAS, supporting the airline's
eet and o ering ad-hoc third-party work. But now
MASAE has grown signi cantly. Today it is a leading
MRO service provider in the Asia-Paci c region, with
a client base of more than 90 airlines.
MASAE was spun o as a separate company in 2007
to allow it more freedom to expand its business.
e company has been aggressively setting up joint-
venture operations to broaden its scope of ser vices.
e latest of these is with Sabena Technics, a 50-50
venture that will focus on aircra component repair
and overhaul. It will cover avionics, hydraulics,
electromechanical systems, fuel systems, and engine
components for 737NG, A320-family and ATR
e venture, which is expected to be operational in
the third quarter of 2011 will also provide services to
MAS for its widebody A330-200/300 and single-aisle
737-400 eets. is will help the airline reduce third-
party repair and logistics costs, improve turnaround
times and inventory management. e partnership
is seen as timely as South-East Asia is expected to see
more than 1,000 new-generation aircra in ser vice by
2015. Some 500 of these are already in operation.
Boeing has forecast that airlines will spend a total
of US$3.6 trillion to buy 30,900 new aircra between
2010 and 2029, 6.6 percent more than the company's
previous 20-year estimate. e Asia-Paci c region is
projected to be the biggest market for twin-isle aircra .
MASAE's Indian joint venture with GMR
Hyderabad International, which started construction in
July, is slated to be operational in the second quarter of
2011. Known as MAS-GMR Aerospace Engineering , it
will have heavy maintenance capabilities for 777, A330,
A320-family and 737 jetliners.
Located at the Hyderabad International Airport,
the venture will have two hangars, with each able to
accommodate two narrowbody and one widebody
In another venture, MASAE and US engine maker
Pratt & Whitney (P&W) have rmed up plans to set
up a joint engine nacelle ser vice and repair facility, with
a 50-50 ownership split.
To be located in the Malaysian state of Selangor, the
venture is expected to be operational in the third quarter
of 2011. It will ser vice and repair nacelle components for
MAS, and carry out third-party work for customers in
the Asia-Paci c and Middle East, covering the engine-
maker's PW4056, PW4168, PW4170 and CFM
International CFM56 engines.
MAS's Boeing 747-400s are powered by PW4056
engines, while the carrier's A330-300 eet has PW4168s,
its A330-200s have PW4168As, and the airline's 737
eet is powered by CFM56 turbofans. e 17 A330-
300s MAS ordered earlier this year will be powered by
e venture is currently looking to purchase or lease a
ready-built facility as part of an e ort to minimise start-
up costs. P&W sees the venture as an opportunity to
strengthen its position in the Asia-Paci c region, where
the aviation market is expected to see signi cant growth
in the coming decades.
The still-unnamed company will become part of
P&W 's Global Ser vice Partners (GSP) network. e
venture will complement the network's existing nacelle
and repair operations in Michigan and have capabilities
to ser vice nacelles for P&W engines, as well as those of
its partners and competitors.
P&W 's GSP is a total ser vice provider for CFM56
and V2500 engines. n
MAS Aerospace Engineering is stepping up its game by bolstering operational
efficiency and forming new joint ventures, writes William Dennis.
PRATT & WHITNEY
MASAE and Pratt & Whitney's new joint venture
will offer nacelle maintenance services for a
range of the US company's engines.
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