Aerostar S.A., the leading Romanian aerospace company, is attending the MRO Middle East exhibition and conference in Dubai (January 21-23, 2013) and will use its participation to promote its business winning success from airlines in the Middle East and wider geographic region.
Ovidiu Buhai, Director Aviation MRO for Aerostar stated: “We continue to build a strong reputation as a centre of excellence for Part 145 heavy maintenance work on the Boeing 737 family and in addition have just started MRO work on the Airbus A320 family. We have won valuable overhaul contracts from many airlines in this region and are using this exhibition to secure heavy maintenance slots for both the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 types.”
Aerostar has won MRO customers from both Dubai and Sharjah in the Gulf as well as from airlines in Morocco. The company has been particularly successful in winning business from Turkey, with five airlines among its customers, while it has also secured overhaul work from an airline in Tajikistan.
The past ten years has seen the company transform its business profile such that in 2011 some 60 per cent of Aerostar’s turnover was derived from 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.
A steady programme of investment has been carried out over the past eight years culminating in the opening of a new 5000 sq.metre hangar at Aerostar’s Bacau facility in May 2012. Also during last year Aerostar significantly extended its shop maintenance capability, in particular for oxygen bottles and seats. Further investment is now underway to extend the company’s composite repair capability.
Aerostar can supply 360,000 man-hours a year from its skilled workforce on commercial aviation MRO work. It has 57 Part 66 licensed engineers and over 180 technicians in avionics, mechanics and structures. It also has a highly experienced logistics department, dedicated solely to Part 145 work, capable of handling all matters related to subcontracting/purchasing, transport and customs issues.