Heston MRO continues to grow its footprint in the Australasian region with two new developments to further its Japanese business. The MRO’s Perth line station has received Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) approval and is now providing full technical handling for All Nippon Airways (ANA).
The airline announced the launch of daily Boeing 787 flights to Perth in late 2018 and Heston MRO says its Perth line station is only the second technical handling agent for the carrier worldwide to be awarded full certification privileges from the commencement of ANA services at a new station. ANA’s first flight to Perth landed on Sept. 1 and the MRO provider began maintenance work immediately—with the flight’s technical handling coincidentally being performed by a former ANA engineer who now works for Heston MRO.
According to Adrian Beirne, Heston MRO’s CEO, the Perth team will offer ANA full technical handling, including transit maintenance, defect rectification and AOG support. The line station handles approximately 16 daily flights that include the 787 along with 777s, Airbus A320s, A330s and A350s.
Heston MRO has been providing maintenance services to ANA since 2015 at its Sydney line station, which already holds JCAB approval. The company says the new cooperation in Perth demonstrates the overall maturity of its line operations.
Earlier this summer, Heston MRO launched a new component and material services business that will run from its Brisbane headquarters. Beirne says the business is growing steadily and Heston MRO is engaging with its existing line maintenance customers, including ANA, to offer services. “There are also a number of new avenues that we are exploring,” he says. “We see the two areas as complimentary, with enquiries coming from our existing line maintenance customers concerning components and some of our components discussions producing opportunities for the line maintenance business.”
In April, Heston MRO shared intentions to achieve certification for on-wing technical capabilities this year so it could offer the service to airlines, leasing companies and OEMs in the region. Beirne says the engine on-wing services business is progressing, with interest from engine OEMs being very positive. Heston MRO has submitted its application for extension to its existing Australian CASA Part 145 capabilities and its initial application for EASA Part 145, which includes engine on-wing services capability.