StandardAero is growing its capabilities and staff in France to meet increased engine demand within Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The MRO provider’s Gonesse facility in the northeastern suburbs of Paris has introduced on-site service center capability and added new hires to its Mobile Repair Technician (MRT) team.
The engine MRO facility, which primarily supports the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 and PT6A turboprop engine families, has seen a 15% increase in throughput on the PW100 in the last year. The new dedicated on-site service center will handle “light” MRO requirements “up to and including hot section inspections,” according to StandardAero.
In addition to 15 recently hired technicians to support the facility’s shop floor team, StandardAero has grown its MRT team to more than 20 field service representatives to support customers in the field. A representative for the company says the increased team size will allow it to “simultaneously support a higher number of in-the-field AOG events at any one time.”
Laurent Cluzel, general manager of the Gonesse facility, says the new hire activity “reflects the high level of demand we are seeing from the marketplace. Moreover, through close coordination with our sister facility in Summerside, Canada, we are able to fully meet the requirements of transnational customers such as aircraft lessors with seamless, single point of contact support.”
According to StandardAero, the facility has improved turnaround times in recent years by introducing a lean manufacturing process to optimize workflows and make the best use of available space. A representative says the project has reduced costs and the improved turnaround times have enabled a reduction in work-in-process inventory.
He adds that StandardAero expects the Gonesse facility to see continued demand from EMEA PW100 and PT6A engine operators, so “any further growth in demand could lead to an additional expansion of the team.” The facility hopes to expand its PT6A service center activities over the next year.