For a geographically small country with only a handful of commercial airlines, Jordan is nevertheless home to a vibrant MRO segment with a number of airline-affiliated and independent repair specialists taking a share of work from the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
But while MROs over towards the Gulf region are looking at the widebody fleet, particularly newer aircraft types, current aftermarket trends in Jordan suggest a penchant for narrowbody airframes and engines of the more mature variety.
Amman-based JAV Technic, part of the Jordan Aviation group, is among the companies looking to grow capabilities but still focusing on its core market of mature aircraft. Currently offering Airbus A320, A330, Boeing 737 and 767 services, its president and CEO Zuhair Al Khashman says it’ll look to extend its capabilities by the end of this year to encompass airframes powered by different engine options including A320s fitted with CFM56-5B and V2500 engines, along with Boeing 737NG aircraft and some Embraer aircraft. Ramping up its capabilities, along with plans for a specialist paint hangar at its facility in Amman, will mean JAV Technic is better positioned to obtain more customers in the Middle East along with Central and Eastern Europe, Al Khashman says.
Adopting a similar approach to JAV Technic is Jordan Airmotive, another MRO headquartered in the country’s capital. Abdallah Asfour, area sales manager, confirmed at MRO Middle East that it plans to start offering CFM56-5B maintenance with inductions set to begin in mid-second quarter of this year. This follows on from a strong 2017, a year in which the company maintained more than 70-plus engines—a combination of GE CF6-80Cs and CFM56-3s.
Jordan Aeronautical-systems Company (JAC), which currently provides base and line maintenance services for the Boeing 737 classic, is getting up to speed this year with the introduction of services for the 737NG and A320 family over the next year, which while opening up a market of thousands of aircraft, will also inevitably bring a wave of new competitors.
“Adding these capabilities will place us amid the fierce competitors amongst more than 40 MROs in Europe and the MENA region,” Ziad Abuain, CEO of JAC told MRO-Network.com in December 2017. “We perceive high demand to provide services for more contemporary aircraft for the Gulf region and older aircraft for Central Asia, Middle East & African regions.”
Abuain says eventually, these capability upgrades will look towards the newest narrowbody types such as the 737 MAX and the A320neo. However, for Joramco, Jordan's largest maintenance provider, offerings for newer types of aircraft are already being introduced.
Joramco is a company operating under an 80% to 20% ownership split between Dubai Aerospace Enterprise and Royal Jordanian Airlines since late 2016, and according to its chief commercial officer Husam Zayed, the change in ownership has led to period of assessment over how to further expand the business.
One of the key capability additions born out of this was the introduction of 787 maintenance offerings in 2017, along with becoming the first MRO in the region to hold 737 MAX offerings.
A further look into the current state of play in Jordan’s MRO sector will feature in the February 2018 issue of Inside MRO.