Jordanian MRO Joramco anticipates its Airbus A320neo maintenance services will be in place by the end of the second quarter of this year.
The company, based near Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, confirmed last year that it was looking to introduce the airframe services. It follows the addition of MRO capabilities for the A320neo’s narrowbody rival the Boeing 737 MAX in September – with Joramco the first repair specialist in the region to offer the services.
In the 16 months following the 737 MAX announcement, Fraser Currie, chief commercial officer at Joramco, says demand has developed in line with the company’s expectations. “A significant number of our current client base have either taken delivery or are expected to take delivery in the coming months,” he says.
For larger aircraft types, Joramco also added 787 capabilities in 2017. Since then, Joramco has set about targeting operators from wider areas, including carriers in the Middle East. “Given the vast range of the 787 and the routes it is being operated on, Joramco is in a prime location to benefit from a wide mix of operators,” Currie says.
While its focus on new-generation aircraft of both the narrowbody and widebody variety is evident, it still sees a future consisting of both new and older aircraft types.
“Our focus is to continue to offer services that cover both legacy aircraft and new generation fleets,” says Currie, Joramco’s CCO since April 2018. He says that the company’s status as one of the largest independent third-party MROs in the Middle East enables it to offer vast capabilities.
Joramco can accommodate 15 aircraft within its maintenance hangars, while a workforce of around 1000 people also gives it added flexibility, Currie adds. 80% of its recruitment needs are provided through its training academy located in Amman.
Despite competing against the well-resourced MROs in the Gulf states, Currie says the Middle East region is benefiting as a whole from increased operator demand.
“As we continue to see more MRO’s closing in Europe this trend is set to continue,” he says.