Air Works bags ASSOCHAMs 'Best MRO Services' Award for the second successive Year20 Jan 2023
Mr. D Anand Bhaskar, MD & CEO (2nd from right) with Mr. Mangesh Karyakarte, Chief Sales Officer, Commercial & Defense MRO (extreme right) from Air Works Group, receive Best MRO Services Award at ASSOCHAMs 14th International Conference cum Awards event
DELHI/ NCR: India’s largest independent MRO and aviation services major, Air Works Group has been awarded the ‘Best MRO Services’ award for the second consecutive year at ASSOCHAMs 14th Annual Conference cum Awards on Civil Aviation and Cargo, held on 18th January 2023.
Mr. P K Thakur, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India and Mr. K Narayan Rao, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Civil Aviation presented the award to Mr. D Anand Bhaskar, Managing Director & CEO, Air Works Group, and his team, in the august presence of the Chief Guest - Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India at a glittering ceremony in New Delhi on Wednesday. Mr. Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India and other dignitaries from the aviation industry and the media also graced the event.
Upon receiving the recognition, Mr. D Anand Bhaskar, MD & CEO, Air Works Group said, “We are absolutely delighted to be adjudged as the winner of ‘Best MRO Services’ by ASSOCHAM, for the second consecutive year! Being the best celebrates Excellence – a philosophy that underpins every aspect of Air Works business including our workmanship, and the way we manage premium aviation assets, as well as our commitment towards our customers. I accept this prestigious award on behalf of every member of the Air Works family who continue to resolutely give their very best in ensuring that our customers always fly assured!"
A much-anticipated annual event, ASSOCHAMs 14th International Conference cum Awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding contribution and success of various stakeholders in Indian Civil Aviation including airlines, airports, MROs, cargo companies, freight forwarders, ground handlers and FTOs alike. Winning this distinguished award for the second consecutive year doesn’t just reflect Air Works’ industry leadership but also the rigorous focus and attention-to-detail that goes into ensuring the sustenance of this philosophy across every touchpoint in the company, especially the last mile. Air Works bagged the premium award for 2022 despite pandemic-led disruptions, reflecting the resilience and agility of its over 7-decade-old legacy.
The past year (2022) was eventful for Air Works, as the aviation market recovered globally from the pandemic complementing the company’s strong investments that were undertaken during the pandemic. The company continued to see 100% utilization of its maintenance facilities, growing its heavy maintenance customers by 70% over the previous year. Its group company – SA Air Works – became India’s maiden Avionics company to enter a select pool of global companies in the field of aerospace design, that will enable it to create IPs in the form of STCs and repair schemes. Among other developments, maintenance of defence assets and OEM engagements witnessed significant growth on the back of deepening relationships with Boeing, Embraer, Bell, and Leonardo, allowing more and more heavy maintenance work to be undertaken within the country, boosting Atmanirbharta. Moreover, Air Works’ international line maintenance business registered a strong recovery with the addition of several international airlines to its existing mix of customers, even as the brand’s Cabin & Interiors business doubled over last year.
The company also enhanced the speed of digital transformation, exploring application of emerging concepts such as AI and Blockchain in the MRO space. Recently, it deployed an AI-based, WhatsApp Chatbot that connects its Spare part inventory with the end-used (engineer) via mobile devices, in real-time. It also undertook successful Proof of Concepts (POC) using blockchain for quicker inventory management as well as an industry-first project wherein it used 3D-scanning to assess airframe structural damage from a comprehensive perspective, enhancing the quality of damage assessment.
ASSOCHAMs 14th Annual Conference cum Awards event received an enthusiastic response from the industry witnessing active participation from all stakeholders. The event also recognized other performers with Awards in separate categories.
AIR WORKS GROUP
Established in 1951, Air Works Group is India’s biggest and highly diversified independent MRO with the largest pan-India network presence across 27 cities. It is the preferred MRO partner to global aviation OEMs, aircraft owners/ operators (including fixed-wing & rotary-wing), lessors, airlines, and the Indian Defense Services, offering a host of services including MRO and heavy checks, line maintenance, cabin interior solutions, exterior finishing and painting, avionics upgrades, integrations and retrofits, end-of-lease/ redelivery checks, maintenance training (CAR 147), and asset management services to domestic and international clients.
Specialized services such as avionics, component repairs, and asset management services are offered via Group companies – SA Air Works and Acumen Aviation. Air Works undertakes base maintenance for ATR 42/72, A320, and B737 family of aircraft as well as medium and large business jets at its EASA and DGCA-certified facilities including Mumbai, Delhi, Hosur, and Kochi, supported by duly certified, in-house shops. The Company also undertakes modification and assembly of rotary-wing aircraft and is an Authorized Service Centre (ASC) for Bell and Leonardo helicopters.
Air Works enjoys an impeccable reputation in the industry for proven capabilities, outstanding workmanship, quality, and an exceptional safety orientation. The Company takes immense pride in its 71-Year aviation legacy and a culture that accords paramount importance to customers, which has allowed it to successfully deliver several India-first and industry-first projects. The Group is the recipient of several industry awards and was recently adjudged the Best MRO Service Provider by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. For more details, visit https://www.airworks.aero