AFI KLM E&M and Sabena technics intend to set up a joint venture specializing in component support for Airbus A320 and all ATR aircraft types.
Based in Singapore’s Seletar aviation cluster, established by the country’s government in 2010, both parties said the prospective 50-50 JV will help meet growing demand for MRO services throughout the region.
They also cite potential cost reduction and shortened turnaround times for airline customers. Initially, the company will begin operating at Sabena’s existing component repair shop running at Seletar, before eventually moving into a designated site to support regional companies with PBH contracts along with time and material component repair services.
Speaking at the Paris Air Show about its decision to form the JV with French company Sabena, Anne Brachet, executive vice president Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: “South East Asia is a fast-growing market for the MRO sector, and our aim is to satisfy our customers there with solutions that are ever closer, more efficient, and more responsive, at the same time as we meet the growing needs of all airlines operating in the region."
The new JV would also expand AFI KLM E&M global component support footprint. At present, it also runs facilities serving this function through Barfield in the U.S., Max MRO Services in India, AFI KLM E&M Components China in Shanghai and AMES in Dubai, UAE.