Skyways Technics Expands Capacity, Capabilities In Asia-Pacific
Regional aircraft MRO provider Skyways Technics has added further capacity at its facility in Malaysia while also bolstering its repair capabilities at the site.
Subang-based Skyways Technics Asia, established in 2014, now has around 32,300 sq.ft across its structural repair shops and warehousing facilities following an expansion program that began last year.
The surface area of its workshops has tripled in capacity, with the installation of additional shops for sheet metal and composites. Its warehouse areas, used for storing both owned and consigned parts, has doubled in size.
After expansion, the Asia-Pacific business will continue its focus on regional aircraft support and holds capabilities for maintenance work related to ATR aircraft interiors, fuselages, wings, nacelles and doors under certifications from both EASA and Malaysian regulator CAAM.
This also includes sensitive components such as radomes, outboard and inboard flaps, and flight control surfaces including ailerons, elevators and rudders.
Amaury Parent, regional manager overseeing the Skyways Technics Asia development, says the expansions are catering to MRO demand for regional aircraft. “There is definitely a need for more capabilities to be established in Asia-Pacific, and this is why we have decided to specialize in regional aircraft structural repairs in Malaysia,” he says.
This relates to a desire from Asia-Pacific operators to carry out work more locally. “Structural components are bulky and heavy, and sending them to Europe or North America for repair also often results in occasions where freight cost outweighs the actual repair cost,” Parent adds.
Going forward, Skyways Technics wants to add capabilities to its Asia-Pacific business while also acquiring further approvals from regulators in the region.
Aviation Week Fleet & MRO Forecast data projects a $5.5 billion aftermarket spend for ATR aircraft in Asia-Pacific in 2021.
The company is headquartered in Denmark, with its two main facilities in Billund and Sonderborg. In addition, it also operates spare parts supply from locations in Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Miami.