EADS, mas to create regional MRO MAS Aerospace Engineering (MAE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System (MAS), and EADS SECA, a Pratt & Whitney-designated aircraft engine repair and overhaul unit of the EADS Group, plan to establish a joint venture company just outside Kuala Lumpur to support and maintain regional airplanes powered by PW100-series turboprops, the companies announced last month.
An MoU entered between the companies calls for the establishment of a so-called one-stop center for engine, airframe and component support for PW100-series engines. The parties expect the joint venture to begin operations next year.
Only two PW100-series engine repair facilities exist in Asia–in Singapore and Australia–and neither serves as an airline MRO.
“This is a great opportunity for MAE to capture a fair sized market. Currently, there are some 100 aircraft in the region equipped with PW100-series engines and we expect the number of aircraft to double to 200 by 2012,” said Malaysian Airlines executive director and CFO Tengku Azmil Zahruddin.
“Our immediate plan is to set up a PW127 engine maintenance and hot section inspection (HSI) capability. The capability will be extended to line maintenance support and on-site HSI through a mobile repair team (MRT). This will provide airlines with significant cost savings.”
Aircraft equipped with PW100-series engines include ATR 42 and 72s, the Bombardier de Havilland Dash 8/Q Series and Fokker 50s. Malaysian Airlines regional carriers have taken delivery of nine ATRs 72-500s, three flown by Miri, Sarawak-based MASWings and six by Subang, Selangor-based Firefly. MASWings also flies Fokker 50s, but plans to replace them all with ATRs. By the end of the year, each airline plans to have seven of the Franco-Italian turboprops.