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THAI seals deal with Airbus for hi-tech maintenance centre at U-Tapao airport

By The Nation 
Toulouse, France

 

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A perspective of MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility to be co-developed by Airbus and Thai Airways International at U-Tapao International Airport.

 

AIRBUS and Thai Airways International (THAI) have signed an agreement to establish a new joint venture maintenance and overhaul (MRO) facility at U-Tapao International Airport in Rayong province.

 

The accord was signed on Friday at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse by Usanee Sangsingkeo, acting president of THAI, and Eric Schulz, chief commercial officer of Airbus, in the presence of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Also on hand was Guillaume Faury, president of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

 

 The new MRO will be one of the most modern and extensive in the Asia-Pacific region, offering heavy maintenance and line services for all widebody aircraft types. The facility will feature the latest digital technologies to analyse aircraft maintenance data, as well as advanced inspection techniques, including the use of drones to monitor aircraft airframes.

 

 The MRO complex will also have specialised repair shops, including for composite structures, as well as a maintenance training centre offering extensive courses for technical personnel from Thailand and overseas.

 

 “THAI and Airbus have undertaken extensive studies to validate the business plan for this exciting project,” said Usanee. “Together we will develop one of the most advanced and efficient aircraft maintenance centres anywhere in the world. We are confident that this venture will bring significant economic benefit for THAI and will be a major driver in the development of the wider aerospace sector in Thailand.”

 

 Faury said: “We are pleased to enter into this major agreement with THAI. This will further strengthen the long-term partnership between our two companies and also contribute to the success of Thailand’s new eastern economic zone. With the fleet of widebody aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region set to triple to around 4,800 aircraft over the next 20 years, the project represents a sound business opportunity for both our companies.”

 

 Schulz said: “This latest agreement further consolidates our long and special partnership with THAI. This dates back to 1977, when THAI became one of our earliest customers. Since that time Thai has operated every single Airbus type and today flies the complete current widebody family – the A330, the A350 and the A380.”

 

 The joint venture between Airbus and THAI will be located at U-Tapao airport in the heart of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The EEC is a core part of the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy, designed to develop world class innovative technology-based manufacturing and services in the country.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30348419

 
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11 minutes ago, AntDee said:

I must admit I am surprised. Very surprised. I do wonder what percentage of foreigners they will employ as the work will be very sophisticated. Let's see the details later. 

Same as. There will be some jobs for the Thais which isn't a bad thing

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11 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The EEC is a core part of the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy,

The trouble with 4.0 is that it lacks substance unless you just hand things over to big companies:

1. E-commerce = Alibaba

2. Aircraft maintenance = Air Bus

3. Vehicles  = Japan, US  Use to drive a MyVee in Malaysia.  It was a wonderful car, locally made car.

 

Big government loves big business, but innovation flourishes with for less back stabbing and bureaucracy.  

 

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11 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

THAI seals deal with Airbus for hi-tech maintenance centre at U-Tapao airport

I think the maintenance deal also involves Rolls-Royce. That should put cream on the cake for a number of influential people.

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1 hour ago, Cadbury said:

I think the maintenance deal also involves Rolls-Royce. That should put cream on the cake for a number of influential people.

Rolls Royce pays or paid huge bribes so won't be out of place.

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I saw this thread and wondered why Thai seals were dealing with Airbus, then I thought, there are no seals in Thailand. 

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4 hours ago, smedly said:

No, it involves expertise and International standards which can only be obtained outside Thailand

The lack of Thai skilled workers for the EEC may be the reason the Labor Ministry recently proposed allowing foreigners to enter 11 of the 39 occupations that are now reserved for Thais such as engineers, accountants and architects. If approved would be effective July 1st.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30346707

This was likely triggered by Chinese engineers and architects allowed last year to work on designing and building the dual rail project, albeit with permits issued by Thai authorities.

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5 hours ago, AntDee said:

I must admit I am surprised. Very surprised. I do wonder what percentage of foreigners they will employ as the work will be very sophisticated. Let's see the details later. 

As always it's "do as i say, not do as i do".

There has to be a high level of overseas people employed. 

The avionics industry is high technology. 

I've worked with many engineers in Rayong expats and Thai. 

All the automotive companies maintain a high level of expat skill here and pay farang wages and perks.

Quite simply because the Thai skill set is not at the high level required. 

It will get there. 

But not sure when. 

 

You are talking 15 million pounds for the A380 Rolls Royce engines. 

You cant have a plastic bag of nuts and washers left over after a refurb.

 

I would think at this stage.

The seals part refers to the sealing of the brown paper envelopes...

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