SINGAPORE—Batam Aero Technic, part of the Lion Air Group, received Indonesian DGCA Part 145 maintenance certification in September for its auxiliary power unit (APU) shop and expects to receive the FAA equivalent in November, says Pandu Dewanamprio, manager, engine and APU shop for Batam. At this time, it is not pursuing EASA certification for that capability.
Speaking at MRO Asia-Pacific, Dewanamprio says Batam is starting inhouse APU maintenance and within the next 4-5 years hopes to bring CFM56-5 and -7 maintenance inhouse. He says it’s logical to start with APUs to build up its staff’s turbine knowledge before adding bigger powerplants.
Batam Aero Technic is in the process of building up maintenance capabilities, including for components and landing gears. The MRO received its DGCA Part 145 certification for line and base maintenance in 2014 and its FAA certification for base maintenance in 2018.
Lion Air operates 162 aircraft, the majority of which are Boeing 737-800s and-900s. Its fleet also includes Boeing 737-MAX 8s and 9s, Airbus A320neo and A330-900neos, according to Aviation Week Network’s 2019 Fleet & MRO Forecast.