TRIVANDRUM- AIESL MRO, formerly Air India (AI) Engineering Services Limited, has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider in the Indian subcontinent to conduct heavy checks on a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
AIESL recently commenced a 36-month heavy check on a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by SpiceJet at its Trivandrum facility.
AIESL MRO 737 MAX
Anil Kumar Kapoor, the Executive Director at AIESL, emphasized that this accomplishment underscores their unwavering commitment to aviation safety and their prominent position in the industry.
He further noted that AIESL’s Trivandrum facility currently holds approvals for servicing the Boeing 737 MAX from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The MRO provider is actively working to secure approval from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
AIESL anticipates receiving EASA’s approval for the facility by the end of the year. Once approved, they can offer a comprehensive range of maintenance services to domestic and international customers. An audit team from EASA is scheduled to visit the facility in October to assess and evaluate its capabilities.
Serving Domestic Carriers
AIESL’s Trivandrum facility was established approximately a decade ago, with its primary focus initially centered on the maintenance of Air India Express aircraft. However, the facility is now preparing for an influx of foreign aircraft in the upcoming months.
Prashant Gosavi, General Manager and Chief Maintenance Manager at AIESL’s Trivandrum facility mentioned that they have received inquiries from several airlines regarding Airbus A320 lease-return checks.
Nevertheless, these checks are pending EASA approval. Gosavi anticipates a significant demand for checks once the approval is granted, with multiple airlines expressing interest.
He highlighted the remarkable growth of the Trivandrum MRO facility within the AIESL group, particularly in the last four to five years, due to including aircraft from Air India, SpiceJet (SG), and Vistara (UK).
Anil Kumar Kapoor, Executive Director at AIESL, expressed the team’s enthusiasm for conducting the heavy check. Currently, the facility manages maintenance for three major airlines: Air India Express, Air India, and SpiceJet.
AIESL’s Nagpur facility achieved a significant milestone by recently including its first foreign aircraft for heavy maintenance, signifying a noteworthy accomplishment for the company.
As part of its expansion efforts, AIESL is in the process of recruiting approximately 1,000 maintenance technicians and engineers over the next few weeks. Anil Kumar Kapoor stated that this expansion aims to extend its presence beyond domestic carriers and into the global market.
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