Wednesday, June 24, 2020

India’s Traffic Picks Up, Boosting MRO Activity

India’s decision to restart limited domestic passenger airline operations on May 25 is beginning to encourage the aircraft maintenance industry.
The Director General Civil Aviation initially allowed about 30% of pre-crisis schedules to be flown. According to RadarBox, India’s airlines were flying about 3,000 flights per day before the crisis, a level that dipped to about 50 per day in mid-May, as only cargo and other special operations were allowed. By June 17, carriers were putting about 700 flights in the air per day, not quite up to the 900 level allowed by DGCA, but getting there.
And the revival is having its effects. “The limited re-commencement of domestic civil aviation in the country has definitely led to a sense of cautious optimism, both with operations as well as business sentiments,” says D. Anand Bhaskar, managing director and CEO of Air Works, India’s largest independent MRO. “After a gap of two months, the move from a preservation mode into an operational mode is indeed welcome and positive,” Bhaskar adds,
For Air Works, there has been an increase in both scheduled and non-scheduled tasks, as its airline customers rotate and optimize their fleets for the current level of operations. Even business aviation, another Air Works market, is showing a heightened level of activity, including demand for the MRO’s continuing airworthiness management services to ensure aircraft remain ready.
Bhaskar says he has changed the deployment schedule of his engineers and technicians to be in sync with and support the scale of customer’ operations. “Even as we await the resumption of international operations, our line maintenance teams continue to support cargo and repatriation flights from various countries” at 10 airports, he says.
23/06/20 Henry Canaday/Aviation Week
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