With an engine backlog estimated at 2,528 units by Aviation Week’s Fleet & MRO Forecast, the Middle East will see healthy activity in the next few years as new models including the CFM International LEAP-1A, GE Aviation GE9X and the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB enter the region.
However, it is in mature and current engine types such as the CFM56, V2500 and the Trent 700 where some of the region’s engine repair companies will turn their attentions to.
Mansoor Janahi, deputy CEO of Abu Dhabi-based Turbine Services and Solutions (TS&S), says demand is particularly high for the V2500 and the Trent 700 models, with both engine types continuing in production past the initial manufacturing end date by the OEMs.
“Due to the market size and structure, we are seeing a very large demand for induction slots on the V2500 engines,” he says.
“Along with the induction of many V2500 engines, the Trent 700 has also been a very strong product for us, with a record number of overhauls on this line, coming from both Rolls-Royce and other customers, including SriLankan Airlines and AMMROC (Advanced Military Maintenance Repair Overhaul Center) in the past year,” he adds.
Meanwhile, for Amman-headquartered Jordan Aeronautical-Systems Company (JAC), its attentions will turn to driving up capabilities in its airframe and engine offerings.
Currently providing base and line maintenance services for the Boeing 737 classic, with a number of other offerings including services for engines such as the CFM56 family and a parts sale business, JAC’s CEO Ziad Abuain says the MRO will expand to Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 family services in the next two years.
It’s no secret that the Middle East is also attractive to non-Middle Eastern companies, a fact illustrated by various investments in capabilities, facilities and tooling by MROs looking to strengthen their presence there. European companies Lufthansa Technik and SR Technics have operations in the UAE, centered on parts supply and training respectively, while engine OEMs such as GE Aviation also run facilities in the region.
Air India’s engineering and maintenance division, which has ambitious expansion plans across Asia and the Middle East, is looking to grow its line maintenance presence in the region, as detailed in an October 2017 interview with Inside MRO.
Russia’s Volga-Dnepr meanwhile, which runs its VD Gulf business out of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, has focused heavily on growing its presence as an airframe MRO provider in the region.
Aviation Week’s Airline Engineering & Maintenance: Middle East conference will take place in Dubai on Jan. 22, followed by MRO Middle East from Jan. 23-24.