Iberia Maintenance has agreed a maintenance contract with GMF AeroAsia to maintain Bombardier components for the Indonesia airline Garuda.
Richard Budihadianto, chairman and CEO of GMF AeroAsia, Garuda Indonesia‘s maintenance unit, and José Luis Ruiz de Castañeda, who heads Iberia’s maintenance and engineering division, have signed a contract whereby Iberia will exclusively maintain components of the fleet of Bombardier regional CRJ1000 airliners operated by Indonesia’s flag-carrier airline. The fleet will number 18 such aircraft in 2015.
The five-year contract covers the inspection, repair, testing and certification of repaired and replaced components, along with access to Iberia’s pool of spares and the sending of a Main Base Kit of CRJ100 components to GMF, which is located at the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta. The components include generators, flight recorders, ovens, fuel pumps, temperature and braking sensors, interphone control panels, emergency lights, battery chargers, digital clocks, windscreen wipers, etc.
Maintenance tasks will be carried out at Iberia Maintenance installations at Madrid-Barajas airport, which boast 18 production lines specialising in accessories, instruments, and components of A320, A330, A340, CRJ, B747, and B757 aircraft. The Iberia unit also maintains components for Iberia Express, Vueling, Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, Onur Air, Meridiana, Atlas Jet, Swiftair, and Orbest Orizonia.
GMF AeroAsia is a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia. As the biggest MRO company in Indonesia and one of the dominant MRO players in the region, GMF AeroAsia is a strategic partner of Iberia to serve Asia. Garuda Indonesia is Indonesia’s largest airline with a fleet of 14 A330, 10 B737, 55 B737 NG, two B747-400 aircraft and the first of the 18 CRJ1000 aircraft it has ordered. It flies to 33 domestic and 18 foreign destinations. It was recently voted “World’s best regional airline” and “Asia’s best regional airline”.
Iberia Maintenance inspects, maintains and repairs airframes, engines, and components for the Iberia group’s fleet and those of about 100 outside clients around the world. It is the world’s ninth largest aircraft maintenance and Spain’s largest in terms of income and staff size, while also a leader in repair, high technology, and aircraft modification. In 2011 it serviced 200 aircraft engines and more than 66,000 components, while also carrying out 1,161 A checks of aircraft.