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Malaysia Airlines Berhad Signs MOU With North Carolina-Based Piedmont Propulsion Systems

Malaysia Airlines Berhad announced on Monday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with North Carolina-Based Piedmont Propulsion Systems. The company will provide MRO services for Malaysia’s ATR, DHC-8 and Q400 propellers.


Firefly ATR 72-600 Regional Turboprop - Courtesy ATR

On Monday (August 17, 2020), Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. North Carolina-based MRO Piedmont Propulsion Systems (PPS). Under the agreement, PPS will provide propeller maintenance on the Group’s ATR, DHC-8 and Q400 propellers. PPS is the only MRO approved to perform all maintenance tasks on the propellers for all three aircraft types. The MOU was signed by PPS’ Technical Director, Paul Bolton and Malaysia Airlines Group’s Chief Operations Officer, Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, who stated,


“Malaysia Airlines Berhad is steadfast in our dedication to providing top notch service to all of our customers, and enduring our aircraft are always in safe condition is one of our utmost priorities. Despite the reduced flying Malaysia Airlines has on a day-to-day basis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is arguably more important now than ever that our aircraft undergo proper and thorough maintenance as they sit in Long-Term-Parking. I foresee 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 as actuator capabilities in the future.”


Piedmont Propulsion Systems has previously provided MRO services to leading industry organizations such as Air Canada Jazz, WestJet, Lion Air Group, FedEx, Lufthansa Technik, Bombardier Aerospace and the U.S. Department of Defense. With proven propeller MRO performance, coupled with proprietary FAA certified replacement parts and repairs, PPS offers solutions that reduce operating costs and extend time-on-wing for carriers.


The MOU is the first step in a technological joint-venture which will provide MRO services in both Malaysia and the United States. MAB will provide the physical and human resources to facilitate MRO operations at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), supporting sister companies Firefly and MASwings on ATR aircraft maintenance. MAB will manage the supply chain for OEM replacement parts required by partners, While PPS will provide technical and training support including re-certification, line maintenance and annual refresher training to MAB’s Engineering team. PPS will also provide major inspections and repairs when required and will support the development of alternate repairs and replacement parts. Both organizations will market and promote the joint-venture to IATA 3 operators in the Asia-Pacific region.


Source: Malaysia Airlines Berhad