The maintenance division of Air India is looking to up its third-party work over the next five years to account for half of its output.
H.R. Jagganath, CEO of Air India Engineering Services, says that just four years ago, the amount of third-party work in Air India Engineering services was around 2%.
Since that time, that figure has grown to around 15%-18% this year, Jagganath estimates.
As part of its drive to increase third-party services, Jagganath says moves at achieving this are in progress.
“Efforts are underway to obtain FAA/EASA approvals for all our maintenance activities,” he says. “An independent marketing team has been set up in AIESL for getting third party business.”
Having signed agreements with Indian and Asia-Pacific carriers including Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Vistara and AirAsia, Jagganath says it will also look further afield in regions such as the Middle East.
“We are looking to get business from airlines operating from the Middle East to India where we can provide line maintenance of their aircraft”, he says. “We are opening up line maintenance facilities in the Middle East to grab opportunities in the Gulf market.”
Air India CEO H.R. Jagganath will feature in the Airline Insight series in November’s Inside MRO. He will also speak at Aviation Week’s MRO Asia-Pacific on Nov. 1.