One of India's oldest maintenance houses is at EBACE for the first time as it looks to create an international presence. Mumbai-based Air Works has been established 60 years and has 12 locations in the country, specialising in most business jet types as well as Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies.

However, managing director Vivek Gour believes it is now the "time to take the company global". Air Works today signed a letter of intent to set up a maintenance hangar at Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen dedicated business aviation airport.

In addition, it intends to expand its UK-based Air Livery division, the aircraft painting specialist in which it acquired a majority stake last year. A new Air Livery-branded paintshop will open in Hosur, near Bengaluru, in the first quarter of next year. "It will be the first dedicated paintshop of its kind in India," said Gour. The privately owned company is also holding talks to develop a facility in eastern Europe and is in discussion with two possible partners in the Middle East.

"Air Livery has a terrific reputation with airlines and we think we can expand the brand worldwide, focusing on the business aviation potential as well as commercial," said Gour.

Source: Flight Daily News