Biggest Aviation Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) company of India, AI Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) is looking to partner with more and more foreign carriers as the company looks to strengthen its presence in the region.
When Air India was divested by the Government of India, 2 of its major arms AIESL and AITSL were not includuded in the deal. The Engineering arm is expected to be divested after the elections next year.
Before privatization, the engineering arm is looking to rake up operations. In recent time, the MRO establishment acheived notable success in getting first foreign player. AIESL at its Nagpur facility did C-Checks on a Kuwait Airways Boeing 777 marking its first ever foreign aircraft.
More foreign partnerships
AIESL is currently in talks with both international and domestic players for MRO services. Currently, it serves to Indian airlines like Air India, SpiceJet & IndiGo. The firm is currently talking to a major domestic player for a long term contract. In international space, it is in talks with three to four players for MRO works.
As per the annual report published by AIESL, the firm wants to improve revenue generation by providing MRO services via third parties by aggressive marketing. As of now, it employs around 5,300 employees and the number will reach 6,000 by the end of this Financial Year.
AIESL, in September started C-Checks on its first foreign aircraft. Kuwait Airways sent one of its Boeing 777-300ER jets to Nagpur Facility of AIESL for maintenance purpose. This jet was special for AIESL as this was its first ever jet from outside India. The jet registered as 9K-AOE named Al-Salmiya underwent C-Checks at Mihan SEZ.
Apart from this, AIESL also got the approval from government authorities to carry out certain checks on the latest generation narrowbody aircraft, Boeing 737 MAX. AIESL carried out 36 month checks on SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX registered as VT-MAX. Trivandrum facility conducted these checks. With this, it became first MRO in Indian subcontinent to perform heavy checks on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Source : DevDiscourse