Shandong MRO firm approved for Bombardier work

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Bombardier Regional Aircraft has made Shandong Airlines’ maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business in China the first MRO firm in Asia to be a “recognised service facility”, which means it may carry out work for other Bombardier regional aircraft operators.

VP marketing and communications at Bombardier Regional Aircraft, Trung Ngo, says Bombardier has issued the recognised service facility certificate to Shandong Airlines’ MRO business in the Shandong provincial capital Jinan.

Shandong Airlines’ MRO business has for some time been doing heavy maintenance work on its own aircraft. It was well positioned to secure the certificate because it is the largest Bombardier CRJ operator in China, with a fleet of CRJ200s and CRJ700s, Ngo told ATI on the sidelines of a recent conference in Singapore.

Other CRJ operators in China include Shanghai Airlines and China Eastern AirlinesYunnan branch.

Getting the certificate means the Shandong MRO firm is the first in Asia to have it and now it has Bombardier’s approval to do heavy maintenance and modification work for third-party customers.

Industry sources in China familiar with the situation say the specific MRO facility in China that has secured Bombardier’s blessing is Shandong TAECO Aircraft Engineering (STAECO) in Jinan which already does MRO work on Boeing narrowbodies.

Shandong Airlines and Shandong Aviation Group own 12% and 51% of STAECO, while other major shareholders include Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering (HAECO) and Taikoo (Xiamen) Aircraft Engineering (TAECO), with 20% and 10% respectively.

One source close to Bombardier in China also says STAECO is now negotiating with Bombardier operators in Japan wishing to outsource MRO work.

Bombardier’s other recognised service facilities include one in Slovakia and the UK, plus it has a wholly owned MRO business in the USA.