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MRO ME grows at faster rate than global average

Potential competitors and impact of security on Middle East Carriers discussed at MRO Middle East.

The Middle East commercial aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market is growing at a faster rate than the global average, with regional airlines expected to generate $4.6bn in MRO expenditures in 2015, according to Aviation Week forecasts.

MRO operators must be aware that geopolitical conditional factors can adversely impact the financial condition of airlines, according to S. Samin Uddin Naqvi, Director of Engineering at Shaheen Engineering & Aircraft Maintenance Services (SEAMS), speaking at the MRO Middle East conference. However, if these are resolved, Asia will have the opportunity to reshape as an industry hub in future with presence of aviation giants like China and India.

The conference also discussed the growth plans of Turkish Airlines, based at the heart of Eurasia, which aims to double its aircraft fleet from 276 to 450 and the impact of Istanbul’s new airport plan, in addition to the current and future capabilities of airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Naqvi iterated that such growth in the Middle East and surrounding region would create opportunities for MRO providers.

Also addressing the audience during the Regional Landscape session was Mohamed I. Thnaibat, SMS Manager of Global Jet Dubai, who presented a breakdown of the geopolitical landscape; while Erik Goedhart, SVP Aerospace of Kuehne+Nagel Management spoke of the opportunities for MRO companies provided by the region.

Lydia Janow, Managing Director, Events for MRO organisers Aviation Week, said, “The MRO Middle East conference is always a popular part of the event. The Regional Landscape session in particular saw plenty of interactive discussion with the audience, giving the attendees valuable insight to the market.”

The MRO Middle East Conference and exhibition was co-located with Aircraft Interiors Middle East, which hosted 251 exhibitors and 4298 visitors during its two-day run. Many exhibitors have already confirmed their attendance at the 2016 edition, which will take place from 3-4 February. Among those exhibitors returning are Etihad Engineering, Volga-Dnepr Gulf and Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI).

“This show is the main exhibition in our annual calendar, and we increased our stand size significantly this year. We have achieved our objectives for the show and look forward to returning in 2016,” said Viktoria Grohovskaya, Marketing Specialist at Volga-Dnepr Gulf.

“In addition, Dubai World Central (DWC) and Lufthansa Technik, both exhibiting, chose the show to announce the signing of their component MRO partnership. “Lufthansa Technik is a name we want to see in Dubai,” said Tahnoon Saif, Vice President, Aviation, at DWC.