Dubai, Having only very recently been EASA Part 145* certified, AMES has already received its first order for repairing a complete thrust reverser. The joint venture between Aircelle (Safran group) and Air France Industries KLM E&M has thus taken an important step in positioning itself in the market for the maintenance and repair of nacelles in the Middle East.

Aerostructures Middle East Services (AMES) delivers its first C-Duct Trent 700 to the Bahrain national airline, Gulf Air, after repair and overhaul.

Gulf Air Director of Engineering and Airworthiness Mr. Jamal Hashim said, "We chose AMES because besides being an EASA Part 145 approved organisation, it has the required expertise to meet our requirements and has combined the reputation and know-how of a recognised MRO in AFI KLM E&M, and the technological expertise of an OEM, in Aircelle”.

AMES General Manager Antoine Succar said "AMES’ teams are very proud of the confidence placed in them by Gulf Air which is this year celebrating its 60 years of existence.”

"AMES has complied with the requirements of Gulf Air and met its commitments in terms of both TAT** and responsiveness", continued François Vitti, the AMES Manager of Operations and Customer Support

The many negotiations under way with the airlines in the region could come to fruition in the near future. In parallel, AMES is continuing to prepare for this ramp-up in output by developing its industrial resources.

The Middle East based company provides a wide range of services for the maintenance of engine nacelles for CFM International, General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce.

AMES was set up to provide Middle East customers with local support for the maintenance of their fleets of commercial aircraft including Airbus A320s, A330s, A340-500/-600s, A380s, Boeing 777s and Embraer ERJ170s.

* The EASA Part 145 certification, issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency, certifies a repair station’s ability to maintain and repair aircraft and aircraft equipment.
** TAT, Turn Around Time, refers to the repair time between the part being received in the workshop and being sent back repaired.

Source: Press Release (Aerostructures Middle East Services -AMES)