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Malaysia Airlines’ maintenance arm has ambitious plans to lure more
customers and increase revenue, writes William Dennis.
a laysia Airlines’ MAS
(MASAE) unit aims to be
the world’s number one
repair and overhaul (MRO)
ser vice provider in terms of utilised man-hours within
two to three years.
The company currently ranks third, with 4.8
million man-hours recorded last year. Third-party
work alone accounted for more than 50 percent of
that total and the ser vice provider carried out 711 ‘C’
and ‘D’ maintenance checks during the year.
“This is an achievement for the company as the
global MRO industry then had yet to show signs
of recovery,” says MASAE Managing Director
Mohamed Roslan Ismail.
As part of its growth plan, MASAE is developing
a Designated Engineering Repair Scheme (DERS),
which will be instrumental in reducing turnaround
times. It will also bring financial b enefits to customers,
leading to lower costs.
Once de veloped, DERS will need the approval
of the appropriate reg ulatory authorities before
“ We can’t possibly go into the global MRO market
pitching for business using the same old maintenance
scheme, as customers are getting very demanding and
are looking for faster turnaround times to g et their
aircraft back quickly for operations,” Roslan said.
Airlines have increasingly beg un to re-examine
their fleet-maintenance schedules to increa se
efficiency and minimise costs. M RO ser vice providers
are identifying new market needs and value-added
ser vices that support airlines’ requirements.
Roslan says that MASAE has to de velop its own
strengths as high quality, fast turnaround times and
competitive pricing are be coming the norm, with
airlines seeking ser vice providers who offer better
deals without compromising quality.
MASAE plans to expand its airframe-maintenance
capabilities to include heavy maintenance for the
Airbus A380 – the world’s largest jetliner – starting
with ‘C ’ che cks. “It could start with the Malaysia
Airlines A380, one year after the carrier commences
operations with the aircraft, or even earlier with a
[third-party] customer aircraft,” Roslan said.
MAS will start taking delivery of its first of
six A380s on order in May 2012. The aircraft is
exp ected to enter operational ser vice a month later.
Twenty MAS engineers are currently undergoing
training to prepare them for the A380, conducted
by Airbus specialists at MASAE’s training school at
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang , 25km
outside Kuala Lumpur.
The MRO company is investing significantly
to acquire the tooling and equipment required to
carry out A380 maintenance, and will work towards
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval
once training is completed.
Many procedures cannot be carried out on the
A380 using current equipment, because of the sheer
size and weight of the double-deck ‘Superjumbo’.
“ The A380 is a new-technology aircraft that
requires different equipment and tooling for
maintenance,” Roslan says, citing as an example the
hydraulic system, which requires 5,000psi pressure
compared with 3,000 psi for other aircraft flying
today, as an example.
MASAE’s aim is to tap the market for A380
maintenance as more carriers introduce the aircraft.
MASAE aims for the top
“ We can’t possibly go into the global MRO market pitching for business
using the same old maintenance scheme.” – MASAE Managing Director
Mohd Roslan Ismail
MASAE plans to tap global demand for Airbus A380 maintenance.
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