A number of new aircraft and engine types are flooding into the Middle Eastern fleets. Do you think JAC will ever position itself to compete for work with new aircraft types such as the 737MAX and A320neo?
Our current strategic goal is to expand our capabilities to include 737NG and A320 family aircraft. After we successfully achieve this growth, our next target will be to expand to servicing newer aircraft types such as the 737MAX and A320neo.
JAC repairs mature engine types such as the JTD8 series and CMF56. Is demand for these older engines still proving strong?
African and various Middle Eastern operators are still operating legacy engines such as CFM56-3 & JT8D. However; based on our projections the demand for these older engines will be extinct within four to five years.
Geographically, how is the expansion into the Africa and Central Asia regions going?
Demand for services in recent years has very much decreased from surrounding Middle Eastern countries. This due to the ongoing political and economic conflicts in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen. A great portion of their fleets and airport infrastructure were destroyed and fleet utilization has decreased to a minimum. Our strategic plan is to target regions where the demand is higher and consistent. I foresee high demand however for MRO services on contemporary aircraft for older aircraft for Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa regions.
Which service are you currently seeing the largest amount of demand?
The largest amount of demand for airframe and engine services on 737 classics, in addition to avionics upgrade which is third largest dimension on the C130, 382 and L100 aircraft. Most of our customers’ demands are forthcoming from the Middle Eastern and African regions. We will be targeting European and Central Asian operators upon approval for B737NG and A320 family.
You announced a new line station at Queen Alia International Airport in July 2016. Do you foresee further line stations being set up in the near future?
The MENA region operators are still keen to keep their daily routine inspections in-house, therefore; we don’t expect more business from line maintenance in this case. Therefore, no additional line stations are needed.