Face-lift for corporate aircraft available in India

Mumbai, Feb 7 (IANS) Air Works India Engineering Pvt. Ltd. will now offer comprehensive interior designing, restoration and refurbishment for corporate aircraft, including rotary and fixed wings, a company official said here Thursday.

Within the next couple of years it will extend the same services to airlines with capabilities in cabin modification and upgrade, making it a one-stop solutions provider to general aviation and airlines in this part of the world.

The only EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) approved third-party maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company in the country, Air Works India's 'aircraft appearance division' will focus on both the interiors and exterior appearance of corporate aircraft, helicopters and business jets.

According to Nick White, vice-president, general aviation, Air Works India, this new service offering is the culmination of a vision to provide comprehensive and cost effective solution offering its Indian customers a choice not to go overseas to Europe or America for interior refurbishment requirements.

"With the introduction of this new workshop capability in Mumbai, customers in India, Asia and the Middle East will be able to save on time and cost as well as be able to locally inspect and/or execute last minute changes or additions in their requirements," White said.

"One of our strengths will be the flexible approach we will adopt allowing our customers to make last minute adjustment as we install their refreshed aircraft interior," White added.

He said that there a lack of capability in India to refresh the interiors of a significant and growing number of corporate aircraft in India, and Air Works India's skilled workforce with the expertise to provide world class restoration and refurbishment for aircraft interiors, will offer customers that individual choice to create unique aircraft interiors.

In the past one year, the company has already provided interiors services to a select group of private business jets and helicopter owners in the country.

"We will apply for EASA approval for our interiors shop in due course which will then make us the first ever facility in India with EASA approval to refurbish aircraft," White said.

"Our capability will quickly grow to offer warranty repairs for our OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partners, we will within the next 24 months grow our capability further to offer full interior upgrade under a Part 21 approval," White said.

The aircraft appearance division offers capabilities that encompass repair, restoration, refurbishment, reconfiguration and design, leather restoration, soft and hard furnishings, side panels, upgrade as well as manufacturing of galleys and other interior solutions.

Air Works India said that as per industry reports, global airlines will need 33,500 new planes in less than two decades, with Asia accounting for about 35 percent of the total.

Keeping up with this growing demand, production of aircrafts are also expected to rise and aircrafts require a full cabin modification or restoration every four to five years, said Praveen Srivastava of the aircraft appearance division.

"India is strategically poised on this side of the globe which connects to various touch points in Asia; Air Works with its various facilities in India will be able to support customers and other market players around this region," Srivastava said.

Founded in 1951, Air Works India is the country's only EASA certified MRO with approvals for ATS 42/72, Airbus A-320 family, Boeing B-737 and a range of corporate aircraft, besides a wide range helicopters.

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