Indonesia’s standing as a maintenance hub in Southeast Asia has risen another notch with the award of FAA Part 145 certification to FL Technics’ operation in Jakarta.
The Lithuanian company has a 20,000-sq. meter hangar at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, where it offers heavy checks as well as other maintenance services for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft.
Given the number of A320s in service, it is unsurprising that operators in most parts of the world have a good choice of maintenance options for both airframes and engines.
Aviation Week’s Commercial Fleet & MRO forecast calculates that A320-family maintenance will be worth $20.6 billion in 2018, with work on current-generation A320s and A321s accounting for about three-quarters of the market. The value of A320neo maintenance, meanwhile, will rise from roughly $650 million in 2018 to about $3.3 billion in 2022, although even by that point the first big wave of heavy maintenance will still be a few years away.
The A320 ceos, however, have a huge installed base of mid-life and mature equipment that is staying in service longer thanks to low fuel prices over the past five years. Maintenance check intervals for current-generation A320s are either flight hour- or calendar-based, and range from A Checks at 750 flight hours to structural inspections at six- and 12-year intervals.
UK-based MRO Monarch Aircraft Engineering expects A320 maintenance volumes to grow 6% per year over the next five years, with modifications as well as overhauls likely to be in demand.
“The increase in aircraft entering the second phase of their maintenance cycles will offer opportunities for MROs to supplement the MPD [maintenance planning document] requirements with additional retrofit and cabin upgrade options,” says David Doherty, head of commercial, Monarch Aircraft Engineering.
Aviation Week estimates that the overall MRO market for all A320 models will grow by about one-fifth in the next four years, reaching $24.5 billion in 2022.
For in-depth analysis of the A320 family and its maintenance market se the next issue of Inside MRO.