A significant amount of airframe heavy maintenance work soon could be up for grabs in the MRO market.

Air Canada had several lines of overhaul work at Aveos before the MRO provider closed its doors less than a month ago. In addition, AMR Corp.’s American Airlines previously performed much of its airframe work in-house, but as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization is seeking to close a heavy maintenance facility at Fort Worth Alliance Airport and possibly reduce work at its base in Tulsa, Okla.

Where all of this work will end up has been the source of much speculation here in Dallas during Aviation Week’s MRO Americas conference.

When asked about the possibility of AAR Corp. landing some of the work, Dany Kleiman, AAR’s group VP MRO, said his company has little available capacity over the next three to six months, but would be happy to talk about long-term agreements.

Most airframe MRO providers prefer long-term agreements because it allows them to realize efficiencies that are unachievable with spot work.

According to Kleiman and others, both American and Air Canada are in the initial stages of finding airframe vendors, and that process is expected to be finalized in two or three months.

Some MRO executives on the sidelines of the MRO conference estimate that as many as 20 or 30 lines of work will be required as a result of Aveos’ closure and AMR’s outsourcing effort.