KULAI, Jan 18 — Capital A Bhd’s engineering arm Asia Digital Engineering Sdn Bhd (ADE) plans to tap the growing demand in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market in Asia, especially with its new MRO facility in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to be up and running next year.

Its chief executive officer Mahesh Kumar told reporters after the launch of its MRO facility in Senai here today that ADE can serve up to seven aircraft (seven lines) at one time with its three MRO hangars at KLIA, Subang and Senai currently.

“We are planning to build another big facility. It will be operational next year. It would be able to take 14 lines at a time. We have already started the construction process.

“On completion, we would have 21 lines in total. From our point of view, from seven to 21 lines offer a lot of growth opportunities,” he said, adding that ADE is servicing AirAsia aircraft and other airlines.


Mahesh said there is demand for MRO services. Although Singapore is the leading aircraft MRO market in South-east Asia, the city state is experiencing stagnant growth due to limited space and rising costs.

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim officiated the launch of the Senai facility. Also present were Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi and Capital A chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.

The 5,000-sq metre hangar, built on 43.45 hectares at Senai Airport’s Free Industrial Zone is the first MRO facility at the Senai International Airport Aviation Park and ADE’s third. — Bernama