THAI joins with Airbus to develop Southeast Asia’s aircraft maintenance center
His Excellency Mr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister, presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) and Airbus to study the development of a major new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility or TG MRO Complex Development at U-Tapao International Airport as the aircraft maintenance center for the Asia-Pacific region. The MOU was signed at THAI’s Head Office by Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, and Mr. Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, which was witnessed by Mr. Akhom Tempittayapaisit, Minister of Transport, Royal Thai Navy Admiral Thaweechai Boon-anan, and Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-Oom, THAI Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, THAI Acting President, said “THAI has reached initial agreement with Airbus to exchange necessary information and jointly evaluate the potential development of a TG MRO Complex Development at U-Tapao International Airport, which is part of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan 2017-2021. This will drive Thailand to become the most modern Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Center in the Asia-Pacific, equipped with the best innovation and technology that adheres to international standards, and furthermore support other aviation business industries that comply with the Government’s policies. The new aircraft maintenance center will serve airlines across the region and worldwide as well as create sustainable revenue for THAI and Thailand, bringing the country closer towards Thailand 4.0 as the future Gateway to Asia.”
Mr. Fabrice Bregier, President, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said “this exciting new project will help to meet strong demand for maintenance services in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. With the fleet in the region set to almost triple to over 15,000 aircraft over the next 20 years, this project represents a sound opportunity for Thailand to develop its footprint in the aerospace sector.”
Upon its completion, the new aircraft maintenance center will be one of the most modern facilities to provide aircraft maintenance in the Asia-Pacific region with the capability to provide light and heavy maintenance for multiple aircraft types utilizing the latest digital technology to assess and conduct aircraft maintenance with high performance evaluation technologies. Furthermore, it will include an intelligent maintenance center that can reduce investment costs, is environmentally friendly, complete with an aircraft maintenance training center to train the best aviation technicians and engineers based on international standards, which will support the future expansion of aircraft maintenance business in the years to come.