MRO Middle East 2021 welcomed industry leaders, buyers and specialists from across the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) segment of the aviation industry at the Dubai World Trade Centre this week. The event is based around uniting professionals from airlines and suppliers, to provide the perfect environment to network and discuss the latest trends, regulations and issues impacting the aviation industry. It is the first major MRO exhibition event in the region since the pandemic.

The event maintained a very high standard in regard to health and safety measures, including contactless registration, face mask mandates and social distancing. Proof of vaccination or PCR tests are not mandatory for trade exhibitions in Dubai.

An opening session by Michael WettePartner at Oliver Wyman, highlighted the continuing challenges the aviation sector faces, but also revealed some positive signs and predictions. Recent forecasts by the consultancy predict that the Middle East global commercial fleet is forecast to have long-term growth of 4.2% CAGR, recovering to its pre-COVID size in 2023.

A survey conducted shows that the majority of respondents expect MRO demand to recover in 2022.

“Airlines and MROs have shown incredible versatility to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. The smaller fleet that emerges in 2022 will be more lean and efficient. However, labour availability will soon return as a critical challenge for MRO.”  

Michael WettePartner at Oliver Wyman

During the busy opening day of MRO Middle East, Boeing and Turkish Technic announced a renewed tailored parts package agreement; extending the MRO provider’s current contract by three years. The contract will enable Turkish Technic to reinforce its efficiency, reliability and access to a global network of parts and component services.

Joramco and VD Gulf (UAE) also signed a framework agreement on MRO cooperation. Under the agreement, both independent MROs aim to expand their existing capabilities and capacity and optimize their synergies for a one-stop-shop upscaled customer experience, in addition to encouraging and promoting sustainable development for both organizations.

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“We are excited to work hand in hand with VD Gulf to extend our support and commitment to our valued customers across the globe. This successful collaboration shows that Joramco and VD Gulf are both trusted MRO companies and will form the future of the MRO industry in the region to adapt to customers’ needs.”

Jeff WilkinsonJoramco CEO

Other exhibitors at this year’s MRO Middle East include Etihad Airways EngineeringJordan Aeronautical-Systems CompanyLiebherr Middle EastMohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace HubSanad, SR Technics, Diehl Aviation, IAI and Turkish Technic.

Felipe Cano, Commercial Director at Buildair Engineering & Architecture, commented: “We’re exhibiting our latest and innovative airtight technology fitted hangars, at this year’s MRO Exhibition, which is a great platform to showcase new technology for the industry. It is also the right place for us to reconnect and realign with the industry and plan for future growth”. 

MRO Middle East will next take place on February 22nd-23rd 2022, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

I was proud to produce the production for the presitge industry event. Take a look at the video highlight:

The next major aviation event in the region will be Dubai AirShow in November 14th-18th. See you there!