FL Technics is growing its footprint in Asia-Pacific with plans to establish base maintenance facilities in China and Thailand.
Speaking at Aviation Week Network’s ap&m summit in London on Tuesday (May 29), Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics, says the company expects announcements within the next two months for a base maintenance facility in at an unconfirmed location in China, which will be the result of a joint venture with a local company.
It will also establish a presence in Thailand to carry out heavy checks with a similar plan to partner with local vendors to start a joint venture, Lapinskas says. “The agreement is about to be signed and it will take around one and a half to two years to open the hangar,” he says. “Our plan is to open four to five bays including one slot allocated for painting.”
FL Technics’ expansion in Asia-Pacific, a region estimated by Aviation Week Forecast data to grow at an annual rate of 4.8% over the next decade, follows the opening of its Indonesia operation in Jakarta in late 2016, where it operates a base and line maintenance center located close to the city’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
The 9,000m2 facility holds capacity for up to three narrowbody aircraft simultaneously and holds approvals for Boeing 737 classic and next-generation aircraft, along with Airbus A320 family variants.
Lapinskas says its continuing expansion plans emanate from the growth of the fleet in the Asia-Pacific region. “We were looking at the growth of the Asia-Pacific fleet around three to four years’ ago and decided to pursue opportunities in that region in the form of our Jakarta facility,” he says.