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GMF Solidifies Its Airframe Capabilities With New Strategy

GMF AeroAsia is adding hangars, subsidiaries and staff to ramp up for additional airframe and engine maintenance.

Indonesia’s Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia (GMF AeroAsia) is planning to expand its expertise in airframe maintenance capabilities, both by acquiring new hangar facilities and subcontracting its supply chain and manpower segments to a subsidiary firm. 

At MRO Asia-Pacific, GMF and supply chain subsidiary Gelko signed a long-term material support with Boeing. Speaking to Aviation Week after the signing, GMF CEO Tazar Marta Kurniawan said GMF wants to focus solely on airframe maintenance and hence set up Gelko in February 2019 to focus on material trading and component sales to both GMF and other customers. The MRO company also established Garuda Daya Pratama Sejahtera (GDPS) to train and generate manpower for GMF.    

By GDPS training technicians instead of GMF, the MRO can concentrate on maintenance and increase the efficiency of its work.

While GMF hopes to attract more third-party maintenance around Asia, its 21 lines (5 widebody, 16 narrowbody) at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport are now full, mainly for the group’s aircraft. It also has two narrowbody lines in Surabaya, but those are mainly reserved for Garuda’s Merpati Airlines.  

GMF hence embarked in a cooperation with LionAir’s Batam Aero Technic to secure land for eight hangars at Batam’s Hang Nadim airport to fit 24 narrowbody lines. Construction will begin from early 2020. This will allow Garuda’s assets to be evenly distributed to between Batam and Jakarta, and freeing space for foreign clients. Currently only 23% of its portfolio comes from overseas, and Kurniawan hopes to raise it by 50% by 2021.

He also added that the company has acquired numerous hangars around Indonesia as a turnkey solution to secure space immediately. It also has acquired an Airbus A330 hangar in Balikpapan in East Kalimantan, even before the government announced moving the capital to the region. Another acquisition is in Denpasar Bali, aimed towards narrowbody aircraft from Australia.

It is also still negotiating with a company in Dubai to start operating a hangar there. "We hope to finalize an agreement this year," said Kurniawan.

To prepare for the group’s delivery of the A330neo, GMF will be adding its capabilities to handle composite structures and new parts. 

In addition, GMF is hoping to ramp up its CFM56 engine repair shop, increasing its output from 50 to 150 engines annually by 2021. It is currently redesigning the shop floor with a gantry system, with assistance from Air France Industries KLM Engineering and General Electric in the initial stages. Kaurniawan says this additional engine MRO work should be a key revenue driver for GMF.

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