MRO Japan plans to start operations at Okinawa’s Naha Airport on Jan. 7. An official grand opening ceremony will be held on Jan. 29, explains Tadaaki Nobusue, head of sales and marketing for the young Japanese maintenance company.
“We focus on narrowbody aircraft maintenance with painting,” Nobusue says. Since starting up in 2015, MRO Japan in Osaka has done more than 300 base maintenance events for Airbus A320-family aircraft, Boeing 737s and Bombardier Q400s. Heavy check customers include parent All Nippon Airways (ANA), Vanilla Air, Peach Aviation, Star Flyer and Solaseed. The company plans to add the Boeing 787 and the Mitsubishi Regional Jet to its capabilities, becoming MRJ’s preferred provider in Asia.
The company employs almost 170 mechanics and licensed engineers, and a total employee count of 240. Almost all current employees are seconded from the ANA group, but MRO Japan is now recruiting mainly from the Okinawa prefecture. So far, it has attracted 60 new recruits.
Once relocated to the more affordable Okinawa, MRO Japan will first apply for EASA Part 145 approval and expects to obtain it around the middle of 2020. The company then will seek customers from outside of Japan.
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