Eastern engine maintenance company Jordan Airmotive (JALCo) is intending to extend its capabilities to include
new powerplants, with the International Aero Engines
V2500 the favoured model.
JALCo, which is based at Amman
Queen Alia International
Airport, was formerly the
engine overhaul specialist for Royal Jordanian Airlines before being privatised
a year ago. The company is under the ownership of local investor Aviation
of JALCo’s capability has been derived from handling
engines from Royal Jordanian’s old fleet of Boeing 707, 727 and Lockheed L-1011
aircraft. As a result it has become a niche supplier of engine maintenance for
Pratt & Whitney JT3, JT8 and Rolls-Royce RB211 powerplants.
JALCo general manager Qassem Omari, speaking to ATI in Amman,
said: “They’ve phased out the JT8 and RB211 in most shops so [carriers] have no
choice but to come to JALCo.
after five to seven years the availability [of these engines] in the market
will be diminished.”
a result, he says, JALCo needs to consider expanding
its capabilities. The company is considering three engine types: the IAE V2500,
the Rolls-Royce T56, and the CFM International CFM56.
V2500 is particularly favoured, says Omari, because many of the Middle Eastern
Airbus A320-family operators – including EgyptAir, Syrian Arab Airlines, Middle
East Airlines and Qatar Airways – have selected the powerplant
over the CFM56.
estimates that acquiring V2500 capability will require an investment of $10
million. But he adds that, for another $5 million, JALCo
could also add the CFM56.
JALCo facility would need to upgrade its engine
test-cell from analogue-based to digital-based systems, and install additional
machinery such as high-speed grinders.
JALCo marketing director Isam Farhan believes there is “no serious competition” on V2500
servicing in the region, and says: “We’re almost convinced that our best shot
is to go for the V2500 at this stage.”
third option, the T56, powers the Lockheed C-130 transport and is being
considered partly because it would require a smaller investment, and partly
because it could provide a strong source of revenue if JALCo
secured a large C-130 operator, such as the Royal Saudi Air Force, as a