StandardAero recently signed an exclusive, two-year partnership agreement with Johannesburg, South Africa-based Solenta Aviation Workshop to provide guaranteed line replaceable unit maintenance and exchanges to support Solenta’s PT6A and PW100 engine operations.
Guillaume Limouzy, sales manager Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says StandardAero has sales and service personnel, as well as key strategic alliances, throughout Africa. The company is an approved maintenance organization for Rolls Royce, Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell and the only independent GE TruEngine MRO provider. “StandardAero has always been a key partner for its African customers, Limouzy says. “By applying our extensive knowledge and experience of the costs associated with engine MRO, StandardAero is able to work with African operators to develop dedicated solutions based on flexibility and customization to airline needs.” He argues partnership solutions covering engines, APUs and LRU repair management are definitely one of the solutions African customers are looking for.
The African market has long been a key target for StandardAero's international growth strategy, and select strategic partnerships are a key element in this strategy. The company also wants to further expand its physical service capability in Africa over the next 12 to 24 months.
The StandardAero exec cites forecasts that Africa’s GDP will grow 4.5% annually over the next decade. He expects this will lead to replacement of mature regional aircraft with larger, 60- to 100-seat aircraft. However, “there is also a good market for smaller operations, which remain very active and provide a valuable service to the many African niche markets.”
Major hurdles to the growth of African aviation remain. Financial and political stability will be required for prosperity and growth of aviation. “Established infrastructure in key markets such as southern and eastern Africa provide an important platform to optimize potential growth in other developing markets,” Limouzy argues. This platform will be key in developing aeronautical education and training to provide skilled personnel in the future.