Civil MRO push pays off for Romania’s Aerostar

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Romanian defence ministry supplier Aerostar last year increased turnover by a quarter to New Lei 197 million ($59.7 million) as it continued its bid to diversify into commercial aviation.

The Bacau-based aerostructures, components and assemblies maker increased net profit by 30% to New Lei 15 million. Maintenance, repair, and overhaul services to commercial operators helped lift civil revenue to two-thirds of Aerostar's total.

President and general director Grigore Filip listed Aerostar's MRO approvals as including the Boeing 737 Classic and Next-Generation aircraft, the Airbus A320 family, the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jet and the Rolls-Royce M250 turboshaft engine.

"We have completed more than 230 C- and D-checks for over 30 airlines from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India," he says. "For the current year we plan to consolidate our progress and to continue to provide excellent quality service for our existing customers who we welcome back for more business, as well as trying to find new MRO customers from countries within a 3-4h flight time from Bacau."