The Mexican economy may not be setting the world on fire, but led by LCCs like Volaris, Mexican aviation is enjoying healthy growth. That has spawned at least some successful support businesses that, like Volaris has, seek growth opportunities outside Mexico.
While the country still lacks home-grown heavy maintenance capacity to support all the growth, line-maintenance leader Aviation Integrated Services Group is growing along with the market. AISG now supports 65 airlines at 26 airports in Mexico, up from 64 airlines at 22 airports 18 months ago, notes President & CEO Bógart A. Balmori.
AISG techs support all Airbus models up to the A340-600 and will add the A350 in 2017. The company supports all Boeing aircraft, including the 787, and Embraer E145s, E175s and E190s. In 2016 AISG provided the line maintenance for 108,000 aircraft operations.
The Mexican market may not be enough. Balmori says AISG will start operations at four locations in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plana, Punta Cana and La Romana, in 2017. Further, “during the next five years we are planning to start operations in Europe and Asia through an acquisition and merger.”
AISG also trains techs, both for its own activities and for other MRO firms. At present, about 120 technicians are getting 2,250 hours of lessons in 130 courses. Many of these students will serve wider markets, as AISG itself employs only 165 full-time workers and no part timers.
Balmori has built success on providing the line maintenance that is nearly a third of MRO spending. He has no intention of getting into heavy maintenance, despite the gaps here. Mexican capacity for heavy maintenance remains, “very limited in terms of slot capacity, worldwide certifications, man-power and quality,” he says.