India has huge potential as MRO hub

Competing with biggies can be a trying exercise and if it is in India, it can prove to be exceedingly frustrating. But that is exactly what Air Works has done and succeeded at.

The first private sector player in the MRO (maintanence, repair and overhaul) business, the more than 50 year-old Air Works recently received the DGCA’s (Director General of Civil Aviation) nod for its operations in Hosur. Barely 50 kilometers from Bengaluru, Air Works has claimed that it will be the largest facility in the country – at least until Air India’s MROs come up in Delhiand Nagpur.

Located at Taneja Aerospace airstrip in Hosur, Air Works’ US$25 million facility is equipped to carry out C checks for various types of aircraft. According to Fredrik Groth, Air Works’ CEO, carrying out C checks will be 20 per cent cheaper than in other countries. He also pointed out that he was “extremely happy on being recognised for our efforts by the DGCA, and are now all set to commence operations as India’s first commercial maintenance, repair and overhaul facility”.

With its first mover advantage its MRO agreement with Taneja Aerospace is already the largest in India, with over 60 per cent market share. Starting with the maintenance and overhaul work on a few DC-3s in the early 1950s, Air Works currently does DGCA-approved maintenance of more than 75 aircraft including Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Hawker, Cessna, Beechcraft and others.