Christopher Gibbs joined Cathay Pacific Airways in 1992, and has been engineering director since 2007. Gibbs talks to Adrian Schofield about the challenges and benefits of an outsourced maintenance model, and reveals how Cathay is still developing fresh partnership ideas with long-time MRO provider Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. [Haeco]. Edited for length and clarity.
How much of your maintenance is contracted out? Gibbs: Cathay Pacific outsources all of its maintenance, with the exception of line maintenance outside Hong Kong. So line maintenance in Hong Kong is with Haeco [see Haeco article on pg. xx], and heavy [airframe] maintenance is pretty much with Haeco or its subsidiary Taeco [Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd.] in mainland China. We have occasionally used other providers, but not for the past five years. A lot of the work is ...
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