MRO Management

AMETEK Singapore invests in A350 repair capability to enable comprehensive offering

AMETEK Singapore is investing in Airbus A350 maintenance solutions.

The company said it would now be able to provide Asia Pacific operators with a regional support option for the full suite of cargo and galley heaters for the aircraft type.

AMETEK Singapore’s current airworthiness approvals include CAAS, CAAC, FAA, EASA, JCAB, CAAM, CAAV and DGCA, and it has extended the number of airworthiness approvals that the group offers in the Asia Pacific region.

“The A350 has a range of around 15,000km so it is hardly surprising that operators are choosing this aircraft to service their long-haul routes,” commented AMETEK Singapore’s divisional vice president and general manager Dave Corish.

“As such, it is crucial to be able to provide comprehensive maintenance solutions, particularly in regions such as Asia Pacific, where European- and US-based MROs are not viable repair options from a logistics point of view. As an authorised warranty repair station, we provide OEM warranty assessment as well as repair services for cockpit, galley and bulk cargo components.”

AMETEK Singapore said it would work with sister company AMETEK Airtechnology Group to provide the additional global aftermarket support for its suite of A350 electrical heaters. AMETEK Airtechnology Group specialises in the design, development, and manufacture of thermal management and motion control products.

AMETEK Airtechnology Group’s vice president and managing director Sheraz Ahmed commented: “By leveraging AMETEK’s dedicated and global aftermarket footprint, the teams have been able to establish capability in a seamless and efficient way. This allows us to provide our Asia Pacific customers with an enhanced level of support in-region as flight hours continue to recover and grow.”

According to Corish, the Covid-19 crisis has driven changes to AMETEK’s strategy and causing a shift in how the MRO will address the market.

“We will be influenced by fleet retirements, airline restructuring and airline purchasing strategies,” said Corish. “Many aviation businesses have seen a downturn in revenue and will seize the opportunity to align their businesses with the new aftermarket that emerges post pandemic.

“As OEMs look to maximise opportunities on relatively new platforms — such as the A350 and 787 — without significantly increasing their local footprint, they will seek third-party MROs, like AMETEK, that have invested significantly in local capabilities. These OEMs will be interested in partnering on product repair and licensing agreements, especially for more mature product lines.”

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