Ryanair Heads To Middle East For MRO Capability
ULCC Ryanair plans to undertake a five-year heavy maintenance agreement with Jordanian MRO provider Joramco, which will see the Ireland-based airline using up to six heavy maintenance bay slots at the maintainer’s facility in Amman.
Over the course of the next few years, Ryanair’s fleet is scheduled to expand to more than 600 aircraft, as increasing numbers of Boeing 737 MAX 8200s—a customized variant of the MAX 8 with 199 seats—are delivered.
Ryanair said March 14 that the agreement with Joramco will ensure that the airline has flexibility as to where it places its aircraft for the winter maintenance season.
Ryanair uses a combination of internal facilities and external suppliers for heavy maintenance. The new agreement will complement its internal capabilities and provide a maintenance capacity “cushion” in coming years.
The new agreement expands Ryanair’s existing dealings with Joramco, which has been undertaking ad hoc maintenance for the ULCC for the past three years.
“This agreement will allow Ryanair to utilize up to six heavy maintenance slots, with aircraft coming in nose-to-tail for the next five winter seasons,” Ryanair director of operations Neal McMahon said.
“Joramco is a long-established maintenance provider with state-of-the-art facilities, with over 50 customers around the world. It has an excellent reputation for a quality service offering in the industry.”
“This growth comes after completion of another successful winter season with Ryanair,” Joramco CEO Fraser Currie said. “This deal is a significant factor in our strategic growth and road map, which is expected to see an increase in Joramco’s footprint.”
Joramco is based in a free zone area in Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, with five hangars able to handle up to 17 aircraft simultaneously.