It’s easy to see why we’ve got record attendance here at MRO Asia in Singapore: discussions range from how to support the rapidly growing fleet here—and how to add new capabilities--to how MROs throughout the region are training and planning for future manpower requirements.
It’s not just about growth, however—it’s about sustainable growth—and frankly, besides people, do countries have the infrastructure improvement plans to accommodate it?
Ian Wolfe, senior advisor engineering and fleet management at Cebu Pacific Air, talked about growing the fleet with “measured speed” and scaling back plans if the Philippine regional airports don’t further develop. He mentioned that Cebu’s fleet experienced 24 bird strikes in October—a new record! Granted, some MROs in the audience perked up as they saw this maintenance opportunity—but that’s a lot of bird strikes in one month.
Richard Budihadianto, president and CEO of GMF AeroAsia and executive VP engineering and maintenance of Garuda Indonesia, talked about looking for additional training partners to help the organization further expand. FYI, GMF plans to open a new hangar—which will be one of the biggest narrowbody ones in the world—in early 2015. It will accommodate 16 narrowbodies simultaneously. The closest ones of that size are in China and Turkey.
Saying that the Asia-Pacific regional MRO landscape is dynamic is an understatement.