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Rolls-Royce has appointed Singapore s SAESL as the first Trent 900 centre of
excellence, supporting Singapore Airlines fleet of 19 Airbus A380s.
Aircraft engine maintenance,
repair and overhaul (MRO)
is the largest segment of the
global MRO market and a
highly competitive sector
for the Asia-Pacific region s
commercial aviation industry.
While dedicated MRO ser vice providers are set
to bene t from massive expansion in airline eets
over the next two decades, engine makers themselves
are also making e orts to expand their share of the
market with a er-sales support packages.
According to Mike Bride, executive vice-
president and chief nancial o cer of US-based
aviation consultancy TeamSai, MRO providers
carefully devised strategies to deliver maximum
value and stable costs to the customer over the long-
term, in order to compete with original equipment
OEMs o er the advantage of being able to o er
unique expertise in their own products, while
also being able to provide a single source for all
maintenance needs. With comprehensive 'power-
by-the-hour solutions, OEMs have the edge over
other maintenance providers.
According to Mohd Roslan Ismail, executive vice-
president of Malaysia Airlines engineering arm
MAS Aerospace Engineering (MASAE), OEMs
are able to o er customers maintenance packages
bundled together with engine sales, to provide a
lower total-cost o ering for the operator. Some,
however, o er deals that help airlines develop their
own MRO capability.
"We see some OEMs are coupling their 'power-
by-hour solutions with assistance in developing
readily available, airline-a liated MRO engine
shops," Roslan notes. While this potentially expands
the portfolios of local MRO ser vice providers,
industry observers say that component repairs are
typically done at a regional location by OEMs.
" e heavy funding required for investing in an
engine MRO out t by an independent company or
airline-a liated MRO would be a big challenge,"
Mohd Roslan notes.
Major engine MRO service providers in Asia
include companies such as: Evergreen Technologies
in Taipei, which focuses on General Electric (GE)
CF6-80C2 and International Aero Engines (IAE)
V2500 powerplants; Eagle Services Asia (ESA);
Singapore Aero Engine Ser vices (SAESL); GE
Engine Ser vices Malaysia (GEESM); Hong Kong
Aero Engine Ser vices (HAESL); Beijing-based
Aircra Maintenance and Engineering (Ameco
Beijing); MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, one of the
largest repair shops in China ; and Sichuan Services
Aero Engine Maintenance (SSAMC).
SAESL, which is one of the biggest companies
in the region, is a joint venture involving Singapore
Airlines SIA Engineering (SIAEC) unit, which holds
a 50 percent stake, Rolls- Royce, with 30 percent,
and HAESL, with 20 percent. e venture is Rolls-
Royce s Asia-Paci c centre for excellence for the
repair and overhaul of Trent-family turbofan engines.
SAESL started operations in 2001 and has since
expanded its capabilities to support the full range
of Trent family engines globally. e venture is now
an integral component of Rolls-Royce s a ermarket
ser vices capability.
e Singapore venture s in-line gantry system for
engine strip assembly is the rst in the region, while
its fully automated engine parts cleaning line is the
rst in the world. Rolls-Royce has appointed SAESL
grow in Asia
With Asia expected to lead growth in air traffic over the next two decades, the region's MRO providers are
expanding engine maintenance capabilities to tap that segment of the market, writes William Dennis.
"We see some OEMs are coupling their 'power-by-hour'
solutions with assistance in developing readily available,
airline-affiliated MRO engine shops." -- MASAE Executive
Vice-President Mohd Roslan Ismail
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