Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering (Gameco), which is based at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport, is planning to establish a landing gear overhaul base in China this year. It will be one of only a few one-stop shop landing gear MRO facilities in the country.
The Chinese MRO provider plans to invest over 200 million yuan ($32.2 million) on its Qingyuan Landing Gear Overhaul Base, with the main facility to be located at the Yingfu Industrial Park, Qingxin District, Qingyuan, and the plating and machining center nearby in Longwan. The project’s first phase includes shops to disassemble, clean, repair, assemble and test the landing gear, as well as supporting facilities. The design capacity calls for overhauling 120 sets of landing gear each year.
During the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 8, 2014, officials from CAAC Central and South Region Administration stated that “with this investment, Gameco will have new breakthroughs in complicated maintenance task management, special processing technologies and maintenance quality control so that Gameco can further improve the management of safety and technical development in this region.”
The core of landing gear overhaul is the development of various special processing capabilities and seamless quality control of the whole operation. In the past, Gameco was restricted to electroplating and machining requirements, which had to be subcontracted. Although it is allowed by the regulations to subcontract such work, the most critical competitive edge for an MRO, with regard to deep repair, lies in the control of the special processing, according to Norbert Marx, general manager of Gameco.
China Southern, a shareholder and the biggest customer of Gameco, now has more than 600 aircraft in its fleet, and landing gear needs to be overhauled at least every 10 years. As overhaul demands for landing gear from China Southern Airlines peak during the coming years, this growth presents a golden business opportunity for Gameco. “We will work hard [to complete] this project in [the] shortest time and with high quality,” Marx promises.