MAB to provide MRO services

The partnership with PPS will allow it to be a one-stop shop in the region for turboprop operators looking for reliable, high quality and fast services


MALAYSIA Airlines Bhd (MAB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Piedmont Propulsion Systems LLC (PPS) to work together in providing aircraft propeller maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in Malaysia and the US. The partnership targets to generate a sum of RM10 million in a span of three years.

“MAB is steadfast in our dedication to providing top-notch services to all our customers, and ensuring our aircraft are always in safe condition is one of our utmost priorities.

“Despite the reduced flying MAB has on a day-to-day basis as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is arguably more important now than ever that our aircraft undergo proper and thorough maintenance as they sit in long-term-parking,” its COO Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi said in a statement yesterday.

Ahmad Luqman foresees the long-term partnering with PPS will aid them in achieving these goals, and following the industry recovery.

“This MoU with PPS will allow us to be a one-stop shop in the region for turboprop operators looking for reliable, high quality and fast services.

“Additionally, working with PPS will help us build our own internal competencies, with an eye to developing our own propeller hub as well as actuator capabilities in the future,” he added.

PPS, a North Carolina, US-based company, is the world’s only maintenance organisation with approval to perform all maintenance tasks on all ATR, DHC-8 and Q400 aircraft propellers. PPS has previously worked with industry players such as the Air Canada Jazz, WestJet Airlines Ltd, Lion Air Group, FedEx Corp, Lufthansa Technik AG, Bombardier Aviation and the US Department of Defence in various MRO capacities.

With decades of experience and proven propeller MRO performance, coupled with new, proprietary Federal Aviation Administration-certified replacement parts and repairs to reduce operating costs and extend time-on-wing, PPS provides an unassailable pedigree and offers unmatched benefits to its partners and customers.

MAB will be responsible for providing physical and human resources to facilitate repair operations at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

This will allow the airline to support sister companies FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd and MASwings Sdn Bhd on the maintenance of their ATR aircraft, while also servicing fellow airlines in the region operating said aircraft in terms of MRO services.

Additionally, the airline will also manage the supply chain of original equipment manufacturer replacement parts to be used by the partners.

PPS will provide technical and training support for propeller maintenance requirements, inclusive of recertification, line maintenance and annual refresher training to MAB Engineering Sdn Bhd’s staff in order to ensure a high standard of quality for the MRO services provided at KLIA.

Additionally, PPS will provide major inspections and repairs where required, as well as supporting the development of alternate repairs and replacement parts.

In the long term, PPS will facilitate a knowledge and technology transfer to develop MAB propeller hub and actuator capabilities.

Both parties will also have a role in marketing and promoting the partnership as a technological joint venture to IATA 3 operators, which covers the Asia-Pacific region.