Brunei in talks with foreign MRO firms on maintenance JV

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Brunei's authorities are in talks with several foreign maintenance, repair and overhaul firms for a potential partnership to offer third-party MRO work in the South-east Asian country.

"We attended MRO Europe [in September] and spoke to a few big MRO companies. We are also talking to some companies in the region," says the Brunei Economic Development Board's assistant CEO and head of marketing and investment Sheikh Rashid Salam.

Brunei's government hopes that state-owned carrier Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) will be able to link up with an MRO firm to provide third-party services from an under-utilised hangar at Brunei International Airport.

The 19,301 sq m hangar, which has capacity for three widebody aircraft, was reportedly owned by the country's royal family.

"It's been left empty for a while, so we want to find someone to partner RBA, which already has a pool of maintenance staff here," says Salam.

The carrier has about 400 engineers and has EASA 145 certification. It is authorised to carry out work on Boeing 737, 757, 767 and Airbus A320 aircraft.