Delivered 10 landing gears to date, and received a set of landing gears from its first external airline customer, SriLankan Airlines.
Iberia and ST Aerospace today commemorated the official opening of Madrid Aerospace Services (MAeS), a company created jointly for the maintenance and repair of landing gears for Airbus A320, A330 and A340. Since it started operations in September 2008, MAeS has completed and delivered 10 landing gears to date, and has also received its first set of landing gears from its first external airline customer, SriLankan Airlines. Target completion of the landing gear maintenance work for SriLankan Airlines is July 2009.
MAeS will complement the services currently offered by Iberia Maintenance and ST Aerospace to operators of the Airbus aircraft. In this project, ST Aerospace provides its extensive experience in the overhaul and repair of landing gear on commercial and military aircraft and access to a broad customer base while Iberia will assist with the training of local technicians to perform the maintenance on aircraft components and provide other technical support.
According to Manuel Lopez Aguilar, General Director of Iberia Maintenance and Engineering, „the creation of Madrid Aerospace Service represents a major breakthrough in our growth strategy, which will allow us to open new markets in Europe, Africa and Middle East, with the advantage of a complementary product to our core activities of aircraft maintenance.“
According to Tay Kok Khiang, President, ST Aerospace, “MAeS has progressed significantly from initial set up to commencement of operations, all within the same year. Its remarkable progress is testament to the successful partnership between Iberia and ST Aerospace. As MAeS further develops its capabilities and capacities, it will play an increasingly important role in ST Aerospace’s global network offering integrated component services to customers worldwide.”
The company formed jointly by Iberia and ST Aerospace operates as an independent third party maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider. Located in the town of Torrejon de Ardoz in Madrid, near Madrid’s Barajas Airport and Iberia maintenance facilities in La Muñoza, MAeS expects to employ about 100 skilled technicians at full capacity. It will provide maintenance services for IBERIA Airlines and other customers around the world, and will complement ST Aerospace’s Total Aviation Support and IBERIA Maintenance’s offerings for Airbus operators. Its initial focus is to provide repair and overhaul for Airbus A320, A330 and A340 landing gears. The initial set-up is with three lines – two lines for A320 and one line for A330/A340, and this will eventually be grown to six lines or more, as the market demands.
Iberia Maintenance has an experience of over 80 years, serving over 100 clients and is the ninth company in the world and related maintenance for Southern Europe. In the last three years, Iberia Maintenance has increased its customer billing to third with 83% reaching 309 million euros, thanks mainly to the expansion and improvement of policies for the marketing of products and services and quality standards in providing these services. The involvement of Iberia in Madrid Aerospace Maintenance Service is part of its strategy in recent years to attract new customers and specialize in activities that provide higher added value, such as revisions to the landing gear. Please visit http://www.iberiamaintenance.com/portal/site/mantenimientov2
ST Aerospace is the aerospace arm of ST Engineering. Operating a global MRO network with facilities in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, it is the world’s largest aircraft MRO provider with a global customer base that includes many of the world’s leading airlines, airfreight operators and military operators. ST Aerospace provides a full spectrum of maintenance and engineering services through its two business segments: Aircraft Maintenance & Modification (AMM) and Component & Engine Total Support (CETS). Its services include airframe, engine and component maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering design and technical services; and aviation materials and management services, including Total Aviation Support. ST Aerospace has a global staff strength of more than 7,000 engineers and technical specialists. Please visit www.staero.aero
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