Mexico’s low-cost carriers have been on a fast-growth streak, and now at least one is offering MRO to third parties, in Mexico and around the world. Gabriel Gomez Chavez, who leads Interjet’s customer support, says the airline can offer heavy maintenance, painting, line maintenance, logistics, engineering, training and some component repairs.
Interjet concentrates on heavy checks for the Airbus A320 family, which represents most of its own fleet. The airline also flies the Sukhoi Superjet, but this model is much less common in the Western hemisphere.
About 100 mechanics work at Interjet’s two hangars in Toluca, its maintenance base 25 miles from Mexico City. The airline also has two hangars in the capital city, used mostly for line maintenance.
Interjet shops have been certified by regulators in the U.S. and Mexico, and other certifications are under way, Chavez says. The airline MRO has performed checks for carriers such as TAME, Vivaaerobus, Avianca, Volaris and Vivacolumbia. “We have also worked for lessors on jets from Europe and Asia,” he says.
The airline itself is growing, with a fleet of 70 aircraft and 12 more due in 2017. Interjet is a premium low-cost airline, unlike its main competitors, Volaris and VivaAerobus.
Building up a robust third-party business is part of Interjet’s strategy for growing profitably in an increasingly competitive Mexican market.