MUMBAI: Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Air India, has signed a Letter of Intent with GDC Technics – a US-based aerospace engineering company – to form a strategic partnership to pursue maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and modification opportunities for Air India airplanes as well as other commercial aircraft throughout the region.
Under the agreement, GDC will provide engineering and certification services, while AIESL will provide the labour, equipment and facilities required to perform MRO and modification services in accordance with FAA, EASA and DGCA regulations.
The growing Indian and Asia Pacific markets provide an opportunity for AIESL to expand its already elaborate MRO capabilities to aircraft beyond just the Air India fleet. This partnership comes at a time when Air India is facing stiff competition from other carriers such as Star Air launching new flights and international budget airlines like Jazeera Airways covering new routes.
A GDC Technics Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS) team was recently dispatched to India to complete modification work at an AIESL facility.
GDC says it is capable of offering RAMS teams to conduct work at all AIESL facilities throughout India, including the recently completed $100 million+ Nagpur facility, offering operators and lessors a network of locations across the country to take aircraft for quick turnaround and availability.
GDC says this will also enable the company to augment its offerings for modification and engineering services including cabin refurbishments, reconfigurations, as well as connectivity and in-flight entertainment (IFE) upgrades.
“GDC’s significant engineering and certification experience under both EASA and FAA authorities allows for a great partnership with AISEL, further expanding our ability to service customers with maintenance and modification services in the region,” said H.R. Jagannath, CEO of AISEL.
“This Letter of Intent is the start of a long-term partnership with AIESL to provide customers in the region a wide variety of services to support the expanding fleet of aircraft in the region,” said Brad Foreman, CEO of GDC.
According to Boeing, India will require 2,380 new commercial aircraft worth $330 billion to accommodate the country’s growing demand for air travel over the next 20 years.
Set up as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India‘ program, this partnership will provide maintenance, modifications, and engineering services to an ever-growing fleet while also creating thousands of job opportunities, the companies said in a release.
Apart from Nagpur, AIESL has MRO facilities in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and Hyderabad.