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Spotlight

TechOps Queretaro

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:56

Along the Queretaro-Tequisquiapan highway, in a strategic position close to Queretaro Intercontinental Airport (AIQ) and UNAQ, sits the largest MRO center in Latin America. TechOps’ facility is an impressive sight, even from the road. It spans 100,000m2, and holds up to nine aircraft at a time. The center incorporates cutting-edge technology and the highest quality standards to ensure safety. An array of solar panels produce 30 percent of the facility's electricity, while water is collected and recycled.

The facility was inaugurated in 2014 after a US$110 million investment equally divided between its two current users, Aeroméxico and Delta Airlines, and backed by Queretaro’s government. The center is in an ideal location to support the state’s blooming aerospace sector and enjoys the advantage of its proximity to UNAQ to help feed its workforce. With approximately 1,600 employees, the facility operates 160,000 man hours per month, all with standards that maximize employee safety. “Our strict safety standards have allowed us to reduce on-site accidents from five per month to only one in several months,” says Rick Uber, General Manager Base Maintenance of TechOps.

While TechOps can service any aircraft, this facility specializes in Boeing 737 and 717, Embraer ERJ-145, E-170 and E-190 and Michael Douglas MD-80 and MD-90, to support the fleets of Aeroméxico and Delta Airlines. This year TechOps Mexico signed a licensing agreement with EmpowerMX to use its FleetCycle software, which is designed to enhance aircraft maintenance operations. The software “has improved our processes and it will put us in an excellent standing to reach the top market position,” Uber says.

The size and capabilities of this facility would allow for an expansion. Capitalizing on its strengths, the center is targeting airlines that operate Boeing or Embraer aircraft, including regional TAR Aerolíneas and the Brazilian GOL Airlines. TechOps Mexico also wants to increase its service portfolio to include the Boeing 757 and CRJ-700 and 900. Uber projects an increase in processes of 10 to 12 percent for 2016, requiring 130 more qualified workers. This year the facility also acquired the AS 9100 certification and plans to incorporate tooling and training.

TechOps services 50 to 60 airplanes every year. Storing aircraft takes a considerable amount of space leading TechOps to redesign its practices to increase capacity. Thanks to this practice, the large MRO has more than enough room to continue growing.