LIMA, Peru—TechOps Mexico, the joint venture (JV) between Grupo Aeromexico and Delta Air Lines, plans to start offering maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to third parties in the second half of 2016, according to Hector Cobo, TechOps Mexico’s vice president-operations.
TechOps Mexico operates three hangars that can service nine aircraft simultaneously at Queretaro Intercontinental Airport. Jorge Jacome, Aeromexico’s senior vice president maintenance and engineering, says TechOps Mexico will only need seven of the nine for nose-to-tail maintenance for Delta and Aeromexico by midyear so the other two production lines can be used for third-party MRO.
Aeromexico completes all of its narrowbody maintenance at Queretaaro, which amount to 50-60 per year, according to Jacome. That includes Boeing 737, Embraer ERJ145, Embraer 170 and Embraer 190 aircraft operated by Aeromexico and Aeromexico Connect.
Delta maintains its MD-88 and MD-90s there.
The airlines each invested $55 million in TechOps Mexico, which officially opened in March 2014. The facility covers 125,242 sq. meters and is located next to the Queretaro Aerospace Park, where companies such as Bombardier, Meggitt, Messier-Dowty and Snecma operate.
Cobo says TechOps Mexico has maintained 209 Aeromexico and Delta aircraft so far at Queretaro.
Before TechOps Mexico opened, Aeromexico operated four airframe-maintenance production lines in a hangar in Quadalajara, which the airline closed after the Queretaro facility opened.
Reynaldo Roche, general manager supplier ops for Delta TechOps, says this has been a “win-win” JV for everyone, pointing to the talent pool and support from companies such as Safran in Queretaro. He also cites lower labor costs in Mexico as a benefit.
When asked about forming other MRO partnerships, he told Aviation Week MRO Latin Conference attendees, “We believe in the value of partnerships,” and there could be additional ones in the future.