Sun, Oct 23, 2005
Will Supply Engines... But No Local Maintenance Facilities
Rolls-Royce has won a
$600 million contract to provide its V2500 engines on the 100
Airbus aircraft Indian start-up LCC IndiGo has on order -- despite
having no current plans for the aircraft engine manufacturer
to establish a maintenance facility in that country.
For as many problems as US air carriers are experiencing,
business is booming in India. Besides IndiGo -- currently expected
to begin operations in early-2006 -- other local carriers such as
Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines are pressing ahead with large
fleet expansion plans, according to The Financial Express.
Rolls Royce has sought to establish ties with those carriers, as
well, but there is one factor working against them: Rolls-Royce
does not have a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility in
India, nor does the company have any current plans to
establish one -- despite the anticipated growth of the Indian
Indian carriers using Rolls-Royce engines currently must fly to
MRO facilities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Scotland, England, or the
United States to have maintenance work performed.
The door isn't closed to establishing an Indian MRO option,
according to Rolls-Royce's Customer Business Director for the
Middle East and South Asia, Mark Tyack. The business will have to
be there first, though, before the company will commit.
"We will consider setting up an MRO facility seriously if the
demand arose," said Tyack.
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