Air Works expands ops in India

 - September 3, 2010, 6:31 AM

Supporting India's growing fleet of business aircraft has been the core activity for Indian maintenance, repair and overhaul group Air Works. Last year, the company became the country's first independent MRO to achieve certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It recently established a new division to handle the new continuing airworthiness management organization (Camo) requirements on behalf of smaller aircraft operators.

"We haven't really seen any signs of the recession in India," newly appointed Air Works CEO Vivek Gour told AIN. He estimates that about 20 business aircraft are being added to the Indian registry each year and Air Works now provides support under annual maintenance contracts to about 85 business jets.

Air Works operates what are currently the only authorized service centers in India for Bombardier, Gulfstream and Bell Helicopter, and it also runs approved facilities for AgustaWestland rotorcraft and for Honeywell engines and avionics. Its Bombardier capability currently covers Challengers and Globals, and it is now preparing to add Learjet approval.

In July, India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the EASA awarded Air Works certification to maintain the Airbus A320 series. The certification covers major airframe maintenance on A319s, A320s and A321s powered by IAE and CFM engines. The A320 and earlier Boeing 737 approvals provide a platform for it to start supporting Airbus Corporate Jetliners and Boeing Business Jets.

This new certification comes within a year of the company having acquired EASA approval for the ATR 42/72-500. 

Air Works' airline MRO facility in Hosur has one hangar capable of housing two ATR 72 regional turboprops or one single-aisle jetliner. The company plans to invest $40 million in another hangar–expected to be ready in the first quarter of next year.

One of Air Works' main business aviation facilities is at Mumbai International Airport. It also has operations in Bengaluru, Ahmehabad, Baroda, Bhopal, Chennai, Hosur, Madurai, New Dehli and Pune. Expansion plans call for new facilities to be developed in Bhubaneswar, Goa, Kolkata, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Srinigar.