Home' Asian Aviation : AAV October 2011 Contents Roslan notes that although the A380 MRO market
may not be as big as that for smaller, more common
aircraft types, it provides numerous opportunities for
MASAE especially with airlines that placed orders for
smaller numbers of aircraft and would therefore be
less likely to invest in in-house MRO capabilities, and
possibly with Qantas, which ha s been outsourcing
more maintenance to reduce costs.
Securing a contract for Qantas A380 maintenance
would be a big boost for MASAE, while representing
a massive saving for the Australian flag carrier.
Qantas currently sends its A380s to Lufthansa
Technik in Hamburg for base maintenance.
Roslan points out that, although labour costs
in Malaysia have risen, they remain lower than in
Europe. MASAE will pitch for Qantas maintenance
when it is ready, he adds.
Qantas, which sponsored Malaysia Airlines’ entry
into the Oneworld global airline alliance, has ordered
20 A380s. Other customers for the Sup erjumbo in
Asia are Thai Airways International, Korean Air and
Asiana Airlines, each with six aircraft.
An official at Thai Airways’ engineering division in
Bangkok says the airline is likely to outsource A380
maintenance, as investing in tooling and equipment
would be a huge cost to the airline.
Thai will take delivery of two A380s in October
2012, with the remaining four scheduled for delivery
from 2013 through to 2014. Korean Air has taken
delivery of three so far, with the fourth set to be
delivered in October.
Roslan is confident that MASAE will be able to
secure contracts for the aircraft. “ We are capable of
competing with the big MRO ser vice providers in the
market for a slice of the business,” Roslan says.
The MASAE A380 hangar at the Kuala Lumpur
International Airport (KLIA) is designed to be able to
accommodate two A380s and one smaller widebody
a ircraft any one time. The company’s airframe MRO
capability covers Boeing’s 747, 777, 767 and 737 (Classic
and Next-Generation) models, as well a s Airbus’s A340,
A330 and A320 families and ATR 72-500 turboprops.
The company also has passenger-to -freighter (PTF)
conversion capabilities for the 737-300 jetliner.
Roslan says the company has no plans to expand
its PTF capability, as the air cargo market is soft at
the moment. “ There ha s be en talk that the market
has rebounded, but I believe it is more [as a result] of
clearing the backlog ,” he says.
MASAE has certification from 35 reg ulatory bodies
around the globe and more than 100 customers.
Overall, the company op erates six maintenance
hangars with a total of 18 bays, 11 of which are
in Subang and seven at KLIA. The 18 bays can be
stretched up to as many as 24 if the need arises.
With a workforce of 5,300 currently, Roslan expects
this to increa se to 7,000 within the next three years.
By that time, the six hangars will be working around
the clock on three-hour shifts – up from the current
two – to reduce heavy maintenance turnaround times
and to exceed industry standards.
“Currently, our turnaround time, depending on
customer specifications, is comparable to industry
standards and our aim is to improve on it,” Roslan
says, adding that today’s M RO business is about speed
Customers are willing to pay more for faster
turnaround times, he says. In the period 2013-2017,
MASAE plans to set up more MRO joint-venture
companies overseas. Its first, MAS-GMR Aerospace
Engineering in Hyderabad, India, will open for
op erations in September.
The company is a 50-50 partnership between MAS
and GMR Hyderabad International Airport. The
venture’s initial capability will be for maintenance
of A320 and 737NG aircraft, gradually expanding
to include other aircraft types.
MASAE is now in talks with a Chinese partner
to set up a venture in Dalian, north China, the only
region in the country where there is now no MRO
ser vice provider.
“It is a challenge to be in the MRO business in
China, as its airlines are expanding at a rapid pace,”
Roslan says . Chinese airlines are expe cted to acquire
3,000 new aircraft over the next three to five years.
“ We aim to take advantage of the growing MRO
Market in China, which will enable us to also bring
work from Mongolia and Japan to achieve our
vision of developing the Malaysian MRO industry,”
MASAE has projected modest revenue growth of
7-8 percent for 2011. “MRO in Asia will continue
to grow, and it will be more exciting in 2012
with, more aircraft due for heavy maintenance,”
US-based aviation consulting company TeamSai
has projected 10.8 percent growth for the global
MRO sector in 2011, with revenue expanding
to US$46.9 billion, of which the Americas will
generate US$17 billion, Europe US$13.7 billion,
Asia US$11.6 billion and Africa US$1.5 billion.
“ We are capable of competing with the big MRO service providers in
the market for a slice of the [A380 maintenance] business.” – MASAE
Managing Director Mohd Roslan Ismail
Alongside widebody types, MASAE’s capabilities cover single-aisle models such as the Boeing 737.
MASAE’s Managing Director Mohamed
40 AsianAviation | OCTOBER 2011
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