All large MRO providers are now boosting their global presence of multiple fronts and one of the most hotly contested markets is component maintenance.
US company AAR is no exception, and Air Malta has just signed a component support deal that will see AAR provide cost-per-flight-hour support for the European airline’s Airbus A320neo fleet.
Air Malta had received similar support from AAR for its A320s and under the new, multiyear deal it will receive airframe, APU and engine line replaceable units (LRUs) together with the provision of on-site inventory in Malta.
“AAR’s largest growth in component support programs has been outside the US,” Colin Craig, senior vice-president, business development, AAR Integrated Solutions – Commercial, told Inside MRO earlier this year.
In late 2017 AAR signed a long-term component agreement to provide cost-per-flight-hour rotable inventory support for approximately 740 parts and 15 of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777 aircraft.
It also announced a new parts warehouse in Shanghai and a doubling of capacity at its existing component facility in Amsterdam. Recently it enhanced and centralized its global AOG and order fulfillment services by creating an international operations center in London Gatwick.
This has been necessary not just to compete with powerful European MROm providers such as Lufthansa Technik and AFI KLM E&M, but also with manufacturers keen to take a bigger slice of the aftermarket,
“AAR sees the most competition from OEMs in the bidding for new aircraft fleets, but we have still been able to win,” Craig told Inside MRO, pointing to long-term component support contracts for Flydubai’s 737 Max and Hawaiian Airlines’ A321neo fleets.