BOSA has just launched its first business in the Asia-Pacific region under the Royal Thai Government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) initiative. BOSA-Thayaan Aircraft Service (BTAS), a joint venture (JV) between BOSA and Thailand-based Thayaan Aviation Consultants Group, will commence line maintenance operations at U-Tapao Airport (UTP).
The EEC initiative is seeking to create a “Thailand 4.0” through investment incentives in 10 key sectors, including aerospace. The goal for “EEC Aeropolis” is to build a regional aerospace hub anchored by UTP that includes facilities for MRO, cargo logistics, manufacturing and aviation training. One such MRO facility will be a JV between Airbus and Thai Airways International, which is hoping to be operational by Q1 2020.
BTAS was officially approved for EEC incentives to conduct operations in September 2018 after 14 months of negotiations with the Thai government. According to a spokesperson for BOSA, the company decided to pursue the JV after learning about the EEC’s development plans for the Thai region and receiving positive feedback.
The JV, which offers capabilities such as A checks, ETOPS and night stops, can perform line maintenance on nearly all aircraft types aside from the Airbus A350 and A380. Currently, there are eight workers employed at BTAS and the company says it is working on growth and expansion of operations at UTP.
BTAS holds Part 145 maintenance certifications from BCAA (Bermuda), EASA (Europe), FAA (U.S.), GCAA (United Arab Emirates), QCAA (Qatar) and TCCA (Canada). According to the company’s spokesperson, BTAS is targeting non-Thai airlines operating in the region that are looking for the accreditations it offers. “Our launch customer was TUI Airways, and since the launch we have had a lot of engagement and are currently in discussions with other airlines in the region,” he adds.
In addition to its growth at UTP, BTAS is looking at expanding MRO operations within Thailand and Southeast Asia. The company is currently in negotiations with an unnamed regional airport authority to bring its line maintenance capabilities to the location in the near future.