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Ameco Beijing ramps up engine overhaul capacity

Ameco Beijing expects to grow its engine overhaul business over the next year thanks to strong demand for International Aero Engines IAE V2500 and Rolls-Royce RB211 shop visits.

Speaking to FlightGlobal at Airshow china, the company's chief operating officer, Andreas Meisel, says that by the end of 2019, its annual throughput of V2500s will rise from 10 to 24, and for RB211s it will increase from 50 to 75 will have an annual throughput of 75 units, up from 50.

In both cases, domestic demand is driving the increase in engine throughput. Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that there are 570 V2500-powered Airbus A320-family aircraft in service in China, and 45 RB211-powered Boeing 757-200s.

Ameco has been pushing hard to grow its V2500 business after having secured authorisation from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, US Federal Aviation Administration, and the European Aviation Safety Agency in 2015.

Meisel says that Ameco is undertaking a feasibility study on establishing a heavy maintenance base at the new Chengdu Tianfu International airport by 2020. However he says that plans have yet to be firmed on the type of work to be conducted there.

He also ruled out any future activity at the new Beijing Daxing International airport, stating that the company has a preference to keep its headquarters at the Beijing Capital International airport.

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