PT GMF AeroAsia has further earned the trust from the global airline industry after European aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, agreed to develop an aircraft maintenance training with GMF AeroAsia. PT GMF AeroAsia President & CEO, Richard Budihadianto and EVP Customer Service Airbus, Mr. Didier Lux, signed a Memorandum for Maintenance Training Collaboration at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012, in Farnborough, England, on July 11, 2012.
“This cooperation is the initial step towards a more strategic partnership,” said Richard Budihadianto. Apart from improving the quality of GMF’s instructors in giving aircraft maintenance trainings, this cooperation will also enhance the professionalism of GMF’s aircraft maintenance technicians.
Richard Budihadianto explained that the scope of cooperation covers three aspects; first, GMF AeroAsia becomes the Airbus Remote Training Centre (ARTC). As ARTC, GMF AeroAsia instructors are listed in the Airbus Maintenance Training Organization Exposition (MTOE). This allows them to obtain aircraft maintenance trainings according to Airbus standards. “We hope that by the end of 2012, GMF instructors will be included in the Airbus MTOE,” he said.
Secondly, GMF AeroAsia expects to obtain the EASA 147 Certificate by February 2013. “Airbus will push GMF to become EASA 147 certified, particularly for the A320 and A330 type ratings,” he said. Thirdly, the Basic Training development is a long-term program and will be carried out in accordance with Airbus standards. To this end, Airbus is committed to develop the Basic Training at GMF AeroAsia.
Richard Budihadianto said he attributes this cooperation to GMF AeroAsia’s capability to handle the maintenance of Airbus aircraft. In addition, Airbus recently sent its Training Services Solution Director to ensure of GMF’s readiness to enhance instructors’ capabilities, develop training programs and facilities according to Airbus standards and requirements. “We are very pleased that GMF was able to meet all the requirements posed by Airbus,” added Richard.
This training collaboration will undoubtedly improve the capability of our instructors and enhance GMF’s image and its presence in the global aircraft maintenance market considering the trainings are EASA 147 certified. “Moreover, GMF instructors will be listed in the Airbus MTOE,” said Richard Budihadianto.
The growing aircraft maintenance market in Southeast Asia gives birth to an increasing demand for certified staff that is able to meet Airbus’ high standards, and this collaboration answers to this need. In recent years, the demand for Airbus aircraft, in particular the A320 and A330 types, in the Asia Pacific region continues to be on the rise. This condition must be matched with the availability of qualified human resources in order to give maximum benefit to the operators. In the next few years, the number of A320 and A330 aircraft is expected to rise in tandem with the growth of the airline industry.
Garuda Indonesia for example, already operates fourteen A330s, comprising eight A330-200 units and six A330-300 units. This year, Garuda Indonesia is expecting the arrival of eleven wide–body A330-300 aircraft to improve its service as it continues to implement its Quantum Leap expansion program. Other Indonesian airlines have also purchased various types of aircraft from Airbus.
According to Richard Budihadianto, the lucrative market for aircraft maintenance in the country and at regional level underlies Airbus’ decision to develop its maintenance service and improve the capability of its maintenance technicians, as well as training programs in the Southeast Asia region. “GMF AeroAsia was chosen because we are considered capable of meeting Airbus’ requirements as it anticipates a growing market for aircraft maintenance in Southeast Asia,” he added. For GMF, the collaboration with Airbus is a concrete step towards becoming a world-class MRO. By enhancing the skill and competence of its instructors, GMF confirms its position as the benchmark for aircraft maintenance in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. This cooperation is expected to increase the professionalism and quality of GMF instructors.