AirAsia X will decide very soon which maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company to select for Airbus A330 heavy checks.

CEO Azran Osman-Rani says the carrier has some A330s due for heavy maintenance checks this year.

AirAsia X traditionally sends its A330s to Lufthansa Technik Philippines. Azran, however, says he is considering giving the work to Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE), provided the company is licensed to perform A330 heavy checks.

SAE has a contract with AirAsia short-haul covering Airbus A320s. AirAsia short-haul is SAE’s biggest customer, and the MRO provider also has a close relationship with AirAsia X; the AirAsia X offices are housed inside the SAE building at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

SAE CEO Christophe Desages told Aviation Week in January that the MRO company aims to add A330 capability this year and hopes to have AirAsia X as a launch customer.