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Heston On Steady Path For Full MRO Services in Australia

The company, rebranded after its acqusition from SIA Engineering late last year, will offer component and on-wing engine support in 2019.

Heston Aviation is filling out the management team of Heston MRO and planning its early offers to customers. Heston MRO is the new name and corporate organization of Aircraft Maintenance Services Australia, which Heston acquired from SIA Engineering at the end of 2018. The new Heston MRO is intended to be a full-service MRO based in Australia.

Adrian Beirne is CEO of Heston MRO. In addition, the company has added new heads of components, business development and sales, each of whom will assume their responsibilities in a few weeks. “Further team additions are expected throughout 2019,” says Jonas Butautis, partner in Heston Aviation.

Butautis stresses that the new MRO’s strategy is not based on cost cutting, but on fast organic development through adding new products, services, and customers. Thus it has retained all former AMSA staff, except for natural attrition. In addition, “there is a plan to continue expanding the existing engineering team in line with growth of work, and need for new capabilities.”

On investment, Butautis says the new owners have provided the level of funding required in the strategic plan. “We are entering the component market with the planned acquisition of no-go items for the most popular aircraft types, which will be placed locally in Australia. Other investments for organic development are planned and fully funded at company and owner level. There is no immediate need for additional external funding.”

The Heston partner predicts that the new MRO will become the only independent total care MRO in Australasia, offering line, component, engine, engineering, and possibly light base maintenance support. In the next couple of months Heston MRO will launch its local component offerings for both local and international customers. “We also plan to go live with our engine-on-wing initial services before the end of the year, focusing on airlines and OEM customers.”

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