Mexicana Mro Services: Cargo Demand Spurs TransformationxFri, 12/01/2017 - 18:02
Growing freight aircraft demand for efficient short and medium-haul cargo operations has prompted independent MRO supplier Mexicana MRO Services to start converting Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 passenger aircraft into cargo planes. According to Jesús Navarro, CEO of Mexicana MRO Services, the company upgraded the tools at its shop, adapted its storage capacity and trained its staff to achieve its first B737 conversion in April 2019. These new capabilities are part of the company’s strategy to deliver a comprehensive service offering and become a one-stop solution for airline operators.
With 98 consecutive years of experience in aircraft care, Mexicana MRO Services offers line and major aircraft maintenance services, plane repairs, passenger-to-freighter plane conversions, aircraft painting and testing of some components at its 92,505ft2 hangar at tAICM. “There is no other MRO in Latin America that offers all these services, which makes us a one-stop solution for potential client operators,” highlights Navarro.
Mexicana MRO Solutions can service Airbus’ A320 and A330 families, Boeing’s 727, 737, 757 and 767 series, as well as Bombardier CRJ200 and Fokker 100 aircraft. After delivering its first converted B767 in November 2017, the company converted another four aircraft from this series in 2018 and is prepared to start converting Boeing 737 passenger planes into freighters.
Its 19 aeronautics repair-station certifications, including FAA and EASA, are a testament to Mexicana MRO Services' quality. These certifications enable Mexicana MRO Services to serve aircraft from Mexico, the US, the EU, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Cuba, among others. According to Navarro, Mexicana MRO is working with the Mexican government to earn a shop certification from the Canadian aviation authority and become the first MRO in Latin America to serve Canadian aircraft by 2019.
Mexico’s top carriers Aeroméxico, Interjet, Volaris, and Viva Aerobus, as well as flagship operators and world-class airlines in Latin America such as LATAM Airlines, Brazil’s Azul, Colombia’s Viva Air and Avianca, Ecuador’s Tame, Chile’s Sky and Bolivia’s Boliviana de Aviación are among Mexicana MRO Services’ clients, along with several public entities, including Mexico’s Air Force and Federal Police and Colombia’s Air Force.