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.
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.
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.
CRJ operators in China
include Shanghai Airlines and China Eastern Airlines’ Yunnan
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
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.
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%
source close to Bombardier in China also says STAECO is
now negotiating with Bombardier operators in Japan
wishing to outsource MRO work.
other recognised service facilities include one in Slovakia
and the UK, plus it has a wholly owned MRO business in