The AI Engineering Services Limited (AIESL), formerly Air India Engineering Services Limited, has received approval from the United States Aviation Regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Airbus A320 Maintenance at its Mumbai facility.
In 2013, the company was founded as part of Air India Limited’s turnaround plan. Which involved dividing Air India’s engineering and ground handling services into two wholly-owned subsidiaries – AIESL and Air India Transport Services Limited (AITSL).
AIESL is treated as a separate profit center. It provides maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Air India and other airlines before its privatization with Tata Group.
AIESL MRO Gets FAA Approval
AIESL MRO announced the feat this week on Thursday (May 4th, 2023). Further, they wrote, “AIESL adds Laurel into its Approval Kitty, Proud to Announce that AIESL Facility at OAP, Mumbai has received FAA Approval. For carrying out base Maintenance activity on Airbus A320 family aircraft.
It has lots of approval from various international aviation regulatory bodies. But not for all the bases and for all aircraft. They already had the FAA Approval but for other services.
The Mumbai AIESL MRO Base is approved to carry out All Maintenace checks from A to D. They have approval from US FAA, Europe’s EASA, India’s DGCA, Qatar, Kuwait, GACA (UAE), CAA Singapore, CAA Srilanka, CAA Nepal, CAA Thailand, CAA Malaysia, CAA of Bangladesh and PACA Oman.
The official AIESL MRO handle has shared the information on its Twitter,
Air India is seeking a partnership with Lufthansa Technik of Germany, a leading provider of aircraft maintenance. Further from Air France-KLM’s engineering unit, to bid for AI Engineering Services Limited (AIESL).
Singapore Airlines, which owns 25.1% of Air India, will also participate in the consortium through its engineering arm, SIA Engineering Company Limited.
The MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) company that primarily serves Air India’s fleet is AIESL, the former engineering arm of Air India that the government now owns. Its ownership is critical for Air India to ensure the smooth operation of its aircraft fleet.
According to Campbell Wilson, the exclusion of AIESL from Air India has created a difficult road ahead for maintaining and servicing the airline’s fleet.
“The loss of Air India’s engineering capabilities was one of the unfavorable surprises of privatization. AIESL will continue to offer services through the end of 2019. But given our expansion, what happens next deserves careful thought,” Wilson had said.
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