JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Following PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk (IDX:GIAA)’s move cancelling Boeing 737-8 MAX order, Airbus is now tightening its grip to this Indonesia’s biggest airline. Garuda Indonesia’s subsidiary, PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia now provides Airbus components repairs service for Southeast Asia.
GMF AeroAsia will manage the A330 and A320 aircrafts’ care, repair, and overhaul. The cooperation also open opportunities for GMF to provide aircraft care training with Airbus-certification to the region.
In the agreement signed Tuesday, Airbus handed over several components such as landing gear control interface unit, static inverter, and slat flap control computer. While some components will follow later. After this, GMF planned to collaborate more on airframe care.
Garuda Indonesia has a four-decade relations with Airbus. Its first order was Airbus A300B4s in 1979.
“This cooperation can also make GMF shows its gait to the world, especially in components care,” said GMF AeroAsia Business and Base Operation Director Tazar Marta Kurniaean.
Meanwhile, Head of Customer Services Asia Pasific of Airbus Bruno Bousquet said, they believe GMF to be their components care center of excellence for commercial aircraft. The cooperation aims for increasing more Airbus-support operators and develop Indonesia’s flight industry.
This is the second cooperation between GMF AeroAsia and Airbus. Previously in 2013, Airbus has assigned GMF AeroAsia as its aircraft care training center.
GMF was also holiding its approved training for A320 CEO and A320 NEP aircrafts in Southeast Asia. The cooperation renewed last year by adding more coverage on the trainings, such as engine ground run up and extended range twin engine operational performance standards (ETOPS) for Airbus A320 dan A330.
“The agreement is in accordance with Airbus Flight Hours Services (FHS) commitment on providing components in time and wherever they need,” said Bousquet.
In the end, airlines can significantly cut their costs and time to repair the aircraft.
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