19 January 2023
Asia Digital Engineering is shaping up as a major maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) player in the region.
Capital A Bhd’s engineering arm Asia Digital Engineering Sdn Bhd (ADE) plans to tap the growing demand in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market in Asia, and give current aircraft MRO leader Singapore a run for its money.
ADE’s optimism is based on anticipation of its new MRO facility at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) being up and running next year.
Its CEO Mahesh Kumar said after the launch of its MRO facility in Senai here today that ADE can serve up to seven aircraft (seven lines) at one time with its three MRO hangars at KLIA, Subang and Senai currently.
“We are planning to build another big facility. It will be operational next year. It would be able to take 14 lines at a time. We have already started the construction process,” said Mahesh, according to a Bernama report.
“On completion, we would have 21 lines in total. From our point of view, from seven to 21 lines offer a lot of growth opportunities,” he said, adding that ADE is servicing AirAsia aircraft and other airlines.
Mahesh said there is demand for MRO services. Although Singapore is the leading aircraft MRO market in Southeast Asia, the city state is experiencing stagnant growth due to limited space and rising costs.
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim officiated the launch of the Senai facility. Also present were Johor Menteri Besar Onn Hafiz Ghazi and Capital A CEO Tony Fernandes.
The 5,000-sq metre hangar, built on 43.45 hectares at Senai Airport’s Free Industrial Zone is the first MRO facility at the Senai International Airport Aviation Park and ADE’s third.
Fernandes said he was proud ADE marked a milestone today in disrupting and changing MRO services in a significant way. “Just like how AirAsia has disrupted and created a whole new market for travel more than 20 years ago.”
He said that with Capital A’s digital ecosystem and its investment into data, ADE has been able to benefit using data science to increase efficiency, reliability and productivity.
“As a 21st century engineering company driven by big data, we are sure ADE will put Johor and Malaysia firmly on the map as a world leading MRO provider for AirAsia and other third party airlines within the region,” Fernandes added.
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