Dornier Technology has won line maintenance contracts from three Korean low-cost carriers: Air Busan, Air Seoul and Jeju Air.
The Philippine MRO company said it had benefited from the sudden recovery in inbound passenger traffic from Korea, with all three airlines having resumed services to the Philippines.
Air Busan is operating from Seoul Incheon to Kalibo, the gateway to the Philippines’ resort island of Boracay, using Airbus A320s and A321s. Air Seoul is also serving the route, using A321s; while Jeju Air is operating from Seoul Incheon to Bohol’s Panglao International Airport using Boeing 737-800s.
Dornier Technology’s chief operating officer Joseph Espiritu noted that the Philippine market was very strong for Korean carriers because of its popularity as a leisure destination in close proximity to the Korean peninsula. There are also many Koreans living in the Philippines.
“We serve multiple international and domestic airline customers,” said Espiritu. “We have achieved cost savings through ‘economies of scale’ and are able to pass on those savings to our customers, making us a very price competitive line maintenance organisation.
“Dornier Technology has a depth and breadth of experience, which means we can serve airlines that operate different aircraft types. We can also provide value-added services, such as warehousing and logistics for aircraft spare parts.”
Dornier Technology has nearly 200 employees and plans to increase its workforce to 250 by year-end to meet the growth of its line and base maintenance business. The company performs airframe heavy maintenance at Clark International Airport outside Manila.
The company has nine line maintenance stations: Bohol, Caticlan, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Manila and Puerto Princesa. It is planning to open a tenth line station this year and to have 15 line stations in the Philippines by the end of 2025.