Global one-stop-shop MRO provider FL Technics announced that its Jakarta-based subsidiary – PT. Avia Technics Dirgantara (FL Technics Indonesia) – has been certified by Indonesia's DGCA as a Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organization. In the upcoming several weeks, the company’s MRO base in Jakarta is to pass audits by Indonesian and Thai airlines.
The newly received Indonesian AMO 145 approval allows FL Technics to start Airbus A319/A320/A321 and Boeing 737 NG/CL maintenance works at its Asian MRO base, located at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia. The 9000 sq. m. hangar accommodates up to three narrow-body aircraft at a time.
“Physical presence is crucial for any European company wishing to gain strong positions in Asia. Through our representative office we have been already selling our technical training, spare parts supply and PBH products in the region. However, for an MRO, having just an office is not enough. In 2015, we rented an MRO hangar in Jakarta’s main airport, and during 2015-2016 we invested into bringing it to European standards as well as building up a team of MRO specialists. And now, we can proudly state that FL Technics is physically in Asia, and we are here for good,” shared Zilvinas Lapinskas, the CEO of FL Technics.
FL Technics’ Indonesian MRO facilities will start operations with Line Maintenance services for airlines operating to/from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Over the following several weeks the company expects to welcome audits from Lion Air, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air, Kalstar Aviation, Airfast Indonesia, K-Mile Air and other air carriers.
“Today, we have a strong team of over 40 maintenance specialists and other staff from both Europe and Indonesia. We plan to expand the team to 250 people in 2017 when the launch of base maintenance operations is expected,” comments Martynas Grigalavicius, the Head of FL Technics’ Indonesian MRO centre. “There are approx. 500 Airbus and Boeing narrow-bodies flying in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and other Asian Pacific countries. All of them require quality MRO support – first and foremost, to ensure the safety of passengers. But also for airlines to achieve higher fleet efficiency and gain stronger trust of the international aviation community. We hope that our European experience and know-how will help local airlines in achieving these goals.”