Aerostar S.A, the leading Romanian aerospace company, is attending the Airline Purchasing & Maintenance (AP&M) Expo at London Olympia (May 1-3, 2012) and will use its participation to showcase its growing expertise in the commercial aviation MRO market.
For many years Aerostar has been the leading military aircraft overhaul and repair centre in Romania for frontline fighter and trainer aircraft, but since December 2004 has diversified increasingly into commercial aviation activities.
The past eight years has seen the company transform its business profile such that in 2011 some 60 percent of Aerostar’s turnover was derived from its commercial aviation activities, - manufacture of commercial aviation products (aerostructures, landing gears and hydraulic systems – 45 per cent) and MRO activities on commercial aircraft, which accounted for 15 per cent of turnover.
Ovidiu Buhai, Director Aviation MRO and Upgrades for Aerostar said: “We have attended several AP&M events in the past and regard this show as one of the best in Europe. Our expansion plans for commercial aircraft MRO activities means that we need to increasingly promote our capabilities and to demonstrate our growing expertise. We will have direct meetings with operators and aircraft owners to better understand their needs and to open up the way for co-operation with new customers.”
Aerostar holds Part-145 certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Romanian Civil Aviation Authority and has approvals for maintenance on the Boeing 737 Classic and New Generation, the Airbus A320 family, the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jet and the Rolls-Royce M250 turboshaft engine.
The first C Check was carried out on a Boeing 737 in December 2004, since when the company has completed more than 200 C - and D - checks for over 20 airlines from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.
The new 5,000-sq-meter hangar can accommodate four bays for regional/narrow-body aircraft.
Romanian aerospace company is attending the MRO Middle East exhibition and conference booth 1034.
Aerostar won its first maintenance contract with Jetairfly in May 2011 when a Boeing 737-800 was subject to a heavy maintenance visit at Aerostar's Bacau facility.