Malaysia Airlines has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Piedmont Propulsion Systems (PPS), a North
Carolina, USA-based company that provides aircraft propeller
maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO).
PPS is authorised to perform all maintenance tasks on
every ATR, DHC-8 and Q400 aircraft propeller.
The MOU serves as the first step in a
technological joint venture that allows both companies to work
together in providing aircraft propeller maintenance, repair and
overhaul services (MRO) in both Malaysia and the USA.
Malaysia Airlines will be
responsible in providing the physical as well as human resources
to facilitate repair operations in Kuala Lumpur International
Airport (KLIA). This will allow the airline to support sister
companies Firefly and MASwings on the maintenance of their ATR
aircraft, while also servicing other airlines in the region
operating said aircraft in terms of MRO services. Additionally,
the airline will also manage the supply chain of OEM replacement
parts to be used by the partners.
PPS will provide technical and training support
for propeller maintenance requirements, inclusive of
re-certification, line maintenance and annual refresher trainings
to Malaysia Airlines Engineering staff in order to ensure a high standard of
quality for the MRO services provided at KLIA.
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 Malaysia Airlines propeller hub and actuator
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. The joint
services offered are expected to generate a sum of RM10 million in
the span of 3 years.
Malaysia Airlines Group Chief
Operations Officer Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, ďMalaysia Airlines Berhad is steadfast in our dedication to providing top notch
service to all our customers, and ensuring our aircraft are always
in safe condition is one of our utmost priorities. Despite the
reduced flying Malaysia Airlines has on day-to-day basis as a
result of the COVID19 pandemic, it is arguably more important now
than ever than our aircraft undergo proper and thorough
maintenance as they sit in Long-Term-Parking. I foresee in the
long-term partnering with PPS will aid us in achieving these
goals, and following the industry recovery, this Memorandum with
PPS will allow us to be a one-stop shop in the region for
turboprop operators looking for reliable, high quality and fast
service. Additionally, working with PPS will help us build our own
internal competencies, with an eye to developing our own propeller
hub as well actuator capabilities in the future.Ē