Danish aircraft maintenance specialists Skyways Technics have confirmed that they will expand their regional Asia-Pacific hub at Subang Airport in Malaysia, with full-fledged end-to-end facilities for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

This follows the company signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

“A prominent international player”

Randhill Singh, head of MAHB’s KLIA Aeropolis subsidiary, said the international aerospace firm was interested in establishing line and base air frame MRO hangar, component repair workshops, parts distribution centre, and aircraft on ground (AOG) services within the Asia-Pacific region.

He commented: “Skyways Technics is a prominent international player in the industry for turboprop (ATR) and regional aircraft maintenance.

“Skyways Technics’ intention to continually expand its capabilities and grow in Southeast Asia is in complete alignment with our Subang Airport Regeneration strategy, which seeks to position Subang Airport as the hub for turboprops in Asia-Pacific and meets the demands of ATR maintenance in the region.”

Randhill added that the region’s MRO activities were primed for 150% growth over the coming decade, totalling US$21.7 billion.

Big ambitions for Asia-Pacific aviation

Skyways Technics has 30 years’ experience in the maintenance of regional aircraft such as ATR, as well as aircraft component MRO solutions and spare parts support.

The Sønderborg, Denmark-based company established its Asian headquarters at Subang Airport back in 2014, albeit with only a component repair workshop.

Randhill said that the continued relationship between Skyways Technics and the airport – which served as the main airport for Kuala Lumpur until the opening of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in 1998 – marked MAHB’s commitment to further strengthening Subang Airport’s status as a regional airport and aerospace hub.

He added that it also indicated how confident leading global aerospace players such as Skyways Technics were to expand on an existing presence at the airport.

“Subang Airport is more than ready to host Skyways Technics Group’s expanded regional Asia-Pacific hub that will leverage on ATR operators and MRO Centres, allowing it to cater to the region’s demand,” he stated.

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The Italian aerospace and defence group Leonardo has recorded a healthy increase in revenues for the first three months of this year, despite lower business in aerostructures.

A nearly 8% rise in revenues was recorded, at €2.79 billion ($3.36 billion), compared to the equivalent period in 2020, despite a slowdown in sales of ATR turboprops and Boeing 787 fuselages.

Profits, meanwhile, went up by 132% to €95 million. All in all, the figures demonstrate how aerospace manufacturers with a broad portfolio have been able to take advantage of the defence market to weather some of the coronavirus crisis’s adverse impacts on the airline sector.

What else do we learn from Leonardo’s latest numbers?

In a development of inevitable interest to many of those seeking aviation consulting for HR professionals, Leonardo revealed that revenues at its European defence electronics business and its US DRS subsidiary – which it had been trying to partly spin off, only to cancel an initial public offering in March – went up by about a tenth.

The European arm, however, saw an order bounce of nearly 80%, partly because of a contract for radars for Germany’s Eurofighter combat aircraft, as well as domestic deals in the cybersecurity and submarine sectors.

Leonardo’s aerostructures operations have been significantly hit by a major fall in the deliveries of civil aircraft since the second half of 2020 – the firm co-owns ATR with Airbus, and assembles the fuselages in Italy, in addition to being one of the 787 programme’s key suppliers.

Meanwhile, there was only a slight decline in revenues for the aeronautics division – the one-time Alenia Aeronautics – as a rise in deliveries for military programmes compensated for the aerostructures struggles. Leonardo supplies wings for the Lockheed Martin F-35, for example.

Furthermore, the division saw a year-on-year increase in new orders “thanks to the finalisation of a major contract for the export of M-346 aircraft.”

Revenues for helicopters also rose by 12.5%.

Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo said the results were in line with expectations, commenting: “Our solid military and governmental business offset the impact of the COVID pandemic on the civil side.”

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The specialist in MRO services for business and regional aircraft, Jet Maintenance Solutions (Jet MS), has announced its opening of a new line maintenance station at Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, France, in another development of interest to those engaged in business aviation recruiting.

Describing the site as the leading airport in Europe for private aircraft takeoffs for over two years, Jet MS said the move would enable it to broaden its reach and offer its extensive portfolio of services to an ever-greater client base.

The company said that more than 2,050 recorded departures for private aircraft had taken place at Nice in 2020, and that it was the most active airport for business aviation aircraft in 2019 and 2020.

The firm stated that it was building on its more than 10 years’ experience in the MRO industry, with a further step in its global expansion that would allow it to boost its presence in markets around the world.

What else do we know about Jet MS’s growth plans?

Jet MS has already established a dedicated line maintenance operations team, consisting of engineers, business development officials and sales managers, in support of commercial procedures.

In addition, the business said that it would provide surrounding airports – in Cannes, Marseille and Toulon – with mobile repair team (MRT) services, benefitting both current and future clients.

Vytis Zalimas, CEO at Jet MS, commented: “By opening our doors to new clients in this picturesque city of the French Riviera, we are entering a new and demand-heavy market.

“Having had over 2,050 movements even during the pandemic in 2020, the airport shows a strong demand for sophisticated private aircraft infrastructure.

“With a combination of our knowhow, globally acclaimed reputation and leading balance of cost-effectiveness and quality, we are sure to have a strong foothold in this market.

“By being a part of Avia Solutions Group, which includes FL Technics, a global one-stop shop for MRO solutions boasting a portfolio of over 70 line stations across the globe, our shared knowhow will allow us to reach our full potential when conducting line maintenance procedures at our station in Nice.

“With the successful beginning of operations at this location, we are already looking at more potential business aviation centres and FBO organisations where we could offer our services.”

The company is positioned to undertake routine checks and provide AOG support to business and regional aircraft. It is looking to expand its operations and satisfy market demand through the establishment of new line maintenance stations in lucrative locations for business aviation.

Among Jet MS’s other plans, for example, is the opening of a new line maintenance station in London, UK, early this autumn.

To find out more about how TARCG could assist your organisation with its own business aviation recruiting campaigns in 2021 and beyond, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any of our offices around the world.


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