India’s Air Works earns Part 145 approval at Cochin

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Air Works receives EASA Part 145 Approval for Kochi
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Air Works, an Indian MRO provider, announced that it has received the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Part 145 Approval for its state-of-the-art twin-hangar MRO facility at the Cochin International Airport. With EASA approval, Air Works will be able to offer full MPD support for the Airbus 320 family including A318/ A319/ A320/ A321) for Base maintenance, up to and including 120-month inspection for all four engine options – PW1100G, CFM 56, Leap-1A and IAE V2500 – C-Checks, structural and corrosion inspections as well as undertaking major repairs and modifications for the Airbus 320 aircraft family, in addition to End-of-lease-transitions, bridging checks and engine changes. 

D. Anand Bhaskar, managing director and CEO of Air Works Group, said, “We are excited to enhance our EASA-certified capacity and capabilities which will expand the scale of our operations and support to regional aircraft operators and global lessors. EASA’s 145 approval of our Kochi facility was a much-awaited and long overdue milestone and is a step forward in accelerating indigenous maintenance, complementing the country’s ambition of becoming Atmanirbhar and an MRO hub. I take this occasion to acknowledge the relentless commitment of our Quality team who have been instrumental in securing this approval.” 

The location of the Kochi MRO facility at the Cochin International Airport, is strategic, given that Kochi has been a hub for leading carriers from the Middle East. The EASA 145 approval comes at a time when Air Works recently expanded its operations to Dubai in an endeavour to enhance access to its cost-effective and industry-leading workmanship to both international and domestic carriers, reinforcing its position of being India’s most loved MRO. The Kochi facility – commissioned in March 2021 during the pandemic, is already certified by the DGCA. It is also a DGCA-certified facility for Air Works’ Business Aviation (General Aviation) customers for a variety for aircraft.

The twin-hangar MRO facility at Kochi, spread over 50,000 sqm, has been thoughtfully designed and is a completely integrated, independent setup, housing key workshops equipped to undertake structures, interiors, and composites repairs to support timely aircraft maintenance & turnaround. Kochi complements Air Works’ primary facility at Hosur, India’s first EASA-certified commercial MRO facility.

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