Tuesday, 10 December 2019 | 00:53 WIB

GMF AeroAsia Set to Offer Military Aircraft MRO Services

GMF AeroAsia Set to Offer Military Aircraft MRO Services (gmfaeroasia)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Aircraft maintenance and repair company PT Garuda Maintenance Facility Aero Asia Tbk (IDX:GMFI), also known as GMF AeroAsia, is ready to serve the needs of military aircraft.

"This year, GMF has entered the MRO industry in the field of defense, for the maintenance of military aircraft in Indonesia," said Tazar Marta Kurniawan, Acting Director of GMFI in Jakarta.

According to him, maintenance of military aircraft is one of the latest business expansion, in collaboration with the Indonesian Air Force. Cooperation in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry sector has only begun this year.

In addition to this cooperation, GMF was also given the trust to make modifications to the Hercules aircraft belonging to the Indonesian Air Force. On the same occasion, Director of the New Business Portfolio of GMF I Gusti Wayan Susena GMFI said it would work on the replacement of the C-130 Hercules wings center. Initially, maintenance of the C-130 Hercules aircraft was carried out in Malaysia.

"Other work replaced the cockpit from analog to digital, modernizing the C-130 Hercules fleet. In the future, it will add military division. We add the commercial and the Air Force, "he explained.

Cheaper Costs

GMFI management stated that it offered cheaper aircraft maintenance services compared to aircraft maintenance companies (MRO) abroad.

Tazar explained, the cheaper price offer was part of the contribution to reduce maintenance costs for domestic airlines. Moreover, aircraft maintenance takes up 30 percent of the airline's operating costs.

"The contribution of GMF to reduce maintenance costs is that it has increased our capability in the country so that goods are not shipped abroad. What is certain is that maintenance of our components or machines is only US $ 40-50 per hour. If there (abroad) up to US $ 90 per hour, "he said.

For that, he continued, his party would increase the aircraft maintenance capacity by establishing cooperation with Air France for engine maintenance.

"So, all of our machines are automatically moved here because all this time we have to send them overseas, such as Europe, Malaysia, the United States. That for transportation costs alone is tens of thousands of US dollars, "he said.

At present, GMF has obtained a license for the maintenance of Airbus A320 aircraft engines, which previously only had a Boeing 737.

"Imagine if the capability is full of 150 machines, we will have revenues of around US $ 750 million. We take what percentage we can save rather than being taken out," he said, as quoted by Antara.