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FL Technics expands into Indonesia

10/08/2014 | by FL Technics

FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, is glad to announce that the company has recently won a tender for the rent of 8400 sq. m. aircraft maintenance hangar at Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the busiest airport in the Southern Hemisphere. FL Technics will operate the hangar for at least 5 years and will launch its operation with base maintenance services for Airbus A320 aircraft.

The tender for the hangar rent was conducted by PT Angkasa Pura II, a state enterprise of the Indonesian Department of Transport responsible for the management of airports and air traffic services in Indonesia. According to the terms and conditions, FL Technics with partners shall operate a total area of 24 500 sq. m., including a 8400 sq. m. hangar as well as the adjacent ramp, aircraft parking stands and additional facilities, via an established Indonesian company. The new FL Technics MRO centre will employ over 150 engineers, technicians, NDT specialists and other qualified personnel, capable of serving up to three narrow-body type aircraft at one time.

In 2013 Soekarno-Hatta International Airport served almost 400 000 domestic and international flights, approx. 59.7 million of passengers and over 342 000 tonnes of cargo. These Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technicsnumbers make it one of the largest airports in Asia Pacific and the busiest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the heart of the Indonesian aviation market, new FL Technics MRO centre will support local operators with comprehensive solutions, including A-to-D checks, interior refurbishment services, NDT inspections, composite and structure repairs, spare parts supply, etc. All services will be provided in accordance with both local and EASA requirements.

Concerning the market potential, today there are already over 4-5 thousand commercial aircraft flying in the region. Moreover, quite a few Indonesian carriers are on the list of operators with the fastest growing fleets. For instance, the country’s major carriers alone are planning to more than double their fleets in the upcoming 10-15 years. With this in mind, following the successful launch of operations at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, FL Technics is also considering the opportunities for future expansion with the construction of an additional hangar in the country.

“During the last couple of years we have been thoroughly exploring the Asian market. We are now confident that we possess a deep understanding of its trends and issues, which local carriers are facing in the MRO segment. Following the establishment of successful connections with the region’s aviation business community, we have decided to make the step and launch a new modern technical base at one of the main air hubs in Asia-Pacific. In addition to the extensive European experience and technical know-how, we will offer the region our one-stop-shop philosophy, supporting local carriers with base and line maintenance, technical training, spare parts supply, engineering and engine support as well as other MRO solutions,” shares Zilvinas Lapinskas, the CEO of FL Technics. “We would also like to thank the Indonesian authorities for their confidence in our experience and competence as well as for entrusting us with the development of a new MRO centre at Indonesia’s main airport. This is the start of a new promising chapter in the FL Technics development and its cooperation with Asian carriers, MROs and other players in the region.”

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