Royal Jordanian returns to providing light MRO for its fleet

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Royal Jordanian is planning to open a hangar for light maintenance at Amman Queen Alia International Airport at the end of 2012.

The 20,500m² (220,600ft²) facility is to accommodate up to one widebody and two narrowbody aircraft simultaneously. It will be used for A-check and unscheduled maintenance work, such as engine, landing gear and auxiliary power unit changes, for its fleet and "some light maintenance services" to other airlines, the Middle Eastern carrier said.

The hangar will have a workshop area for routine and minor repair tasks, for example, for batteries, tyres, brakes, non-destructive testing, seats and upholstery as well as composite and sheet metal work.

There will also be a workshop for quick engine change (QEC) components, although this is to be used exclusively for the RJ fleet. Royal Jordanian said that it will save around JD1 million ($1.4 million) a year by employing the new facility and its own staff over outsourcing the work to an external maintenance provider.

The airline denied the move is a U-turn on its previous strategy to focus on its operations, saying that the new hangar would only be used for light maintenance.

In 2000, the carrier divested its engineering and maintenance department as part of its privatisation programme. The MRO division then became Jordan Aircraft Maintenance (Joramco), in which the airline retained a 20% stake. The remainder is held by the Dubai-based private equity company Abraaj Capital.

Royal Jordanian said Joramco will be able to use the new hangar and its staff to perform "higher margin work for other clients".