GAMECO plans to increase its third-party maintenance work but says MRO demand from majority owner China Southern Airlines is growing quickly at an average more than one aircraft per week.
“It is our goal to increase the share of our third party business further,” says Norbert Marx, GAMECO general manager.
“It is not easy to outgrow China Southern, but it is a very good problem to have.” The MRO is currently undertaking a large company expansion project, and says it hopes to add A350 capabilities to its components, cabin and composite repair services.
One year ago, it opened a new 10,000 square meter shop for disassembly and assembly services, with an additional 8,000 square meter facility catering for plating, machining and NDT offerings planned for the first half of this year.
In November 2016, it was also named as a center of excellence for the Airbus A380, a fact Marx says is significant.
“With this endorsement, we [GAMECO] are now prepared and capable to handle all kinds of maintenance for A380, including heavy checks like a big six-year check, modifications, cabin refurbishments and exterior painting in a dedicated hangar.”
Marx also pinpoints further opportunities for the company in cabin refurbishments, while MRO demand is being driven by overnight freighter business and new low-cost carriers in the Asia-Pacific region.