Canadian airplane maker Bombardier Aerospace Commercial Aircraft on Friday officially approved the appointment of GMF AeroAsia as an Authorized Services Facility (ASF) for its aircraft in Asia and the Pacific.
A letter of intent to that effect was signed by GMF AeroAsia’s Richard Budihadianto and Bombardier Aerospace president Mike Arcamone at the head office of Garuda Indonesia — of which GMF is a subsidiary — in Jakarta on Friday, a GMF press release said.
The signing was also held in the presence of State Owned Enterprise Minister Dahlan Iskan, Industry Minister MS Hidayat, Deputy Transportation Minister Bambang Susantono and Garuda Indonesia president director Emirsyah Satar.
GMF has officially become the first such facility for Bombardier aircraft in the Asia Pacific region and the sixth in the world — similar facilities are in Europe and the Americas.
“This cooperation can raise GMF’s level in the global aircraft maintenance market,” Budihadianto said. With the Bombardier ASF, the capabilities of GMF AeroAsia are increasing fast,” he added.
GMF said they have been courting Bombardier for some time, and that the company’s relations intensified after the 2012 Singapore airshow. Bombardier conducted an audit on GMF that resulted in a satisfactory result, and led to the current deal.
“Bombardier’s trust shows that the quality of the products of GMF is equal to other world-class maintenance, repair and overhaul companies,” Budihadianto said.
GMF can now provide heavy maintenance on the Bombardier CRJ Series. Garuda’s CRJ1000 next generation airplanes can also go to GMF for maintenance.
Budihadianto said that the 100-seat Bombardier airplane was suitable to serve short routes in eastern Indonesia. He said that GMF was now preparing the necessary infrastructure and human resources to handle the maintenance of the Bombardier aircrafts.
“This will be conducted gradually in line with a plan devised together with Bombardier,” Budihadianto said, adding that all preparations were scheduled to be completed by mid 2014.
GMF AeroAsia so far has pocketed approval certificates from DKUPPU (Indonesia), FAA (US), and EASA (Europe) and some 16 other countries to handle the maintenance of various aircraft.