Neelam Mathews Oct 19, 2011
MAS-GMR Aerospace Engineering Company Ltd (MGAE), a 50:50 joint venture (JV) between Malaysian Aerospace Engineering (MAE), a subsidiary of Malaysian Airline System, and GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.(GHIAL), a subsidiary of GMR infrastructure in India, is expected to be launched this month.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India is doing the audit of the JV facility and in November, it will be audited by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The joint venture is a third party Airframe Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility located in the special economic Zone (SEZ) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad in India.
MGAE has one wide body hanger, one narrow body hanger with three bays and an another paint cum narrow body hanger with associated workshops.
It has the capability to provide base maintenance services, starting with narrow bodied aircraft like Airbus A320, ATR 42/72 and Boeing 737–NG.
MGAE currently has close to 350 employees and the bulk of the manpower is made up of local Indian skilled work force, while retired Malaysia Airlines engineers and technicians are also employed at competitive remuneration packages to kick-start the operations, says a statement
MAE has trained 72 Indian Engineers hired by MGAE. The students underwent 2 years on-the-job-training program in Subang, Malaysia and returned to Hyderabad as aircraft maintenance engineers in MGAE. Support staff of MGAE also underwent familiarization exposure in MAE, Subang. In addition, MAE provided assistance in the design of the Hyderabad joint-venture facilities and operational readiness support.