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The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of Aircraft Industry in South Africa 2022

Gary Phillips | South Africa | 22 July 2022

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This report focuses on the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft in South Africa and includes information on the state and size of the industry, the major players, corporate actions, key trends and factors influencing the sector. There are profiles of 25 companies including the major players SAA Technical, Denel and Lufthansa Technik, airlines such as CemAir and Safair and other players such as Transafrica Aircraft Services, Solenta Aviation, Global Aerotech and Airwork Africa.

The Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul of Aircraft Industry in South Africa

South Africa has the most developed aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul industry on the continent, with significant technical capabilities. However, its position of strength has been undercut by the recent, rapid decline of the two largest aircraft maintenance organisations, South African Airways Technical (SAAT) and Denel Aeronautics. 2019 was a defining year for the local industry as Comair shifted its fleet maintenance contract from SAAT to Lufthansa Technik, facilitating the latter’s arrival in the country at OR Tambo International Airport.

Challenging Conditions

The industry has been affected by the impact of the pandemic on flying and the disruption of supply chains for components and parts, the decline of SAAT and the global shift of original equipment manufacturers into the aftermarket. This was felt more acutely by those servicing commercial airlines. Global trends point to increased barriers to trade for independent maintenance companies as airlines take their maintenance inhouse and original equipment manufacturers of aviation parts, components and systems place increasingly onerous quality-assurance, certification and royalty requirements on independents.

Outlook

The strong capabilities in the South African industry mean the country is well positioned to be a maintenance, repair and overhaul hub for the African continent. Maintenance companies remained resilient in 2020 and 2021 despite restrictions grounding aircraft. Stakeholders point to improved fortunes in the general aviation market, which includes smaller planes and helicopters used for business, specialist services and recreation.

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 6
2.3. Size of the Industry 9
2.4. Key Success Factors and Pain Points 11
3. LOCAL 13
3.1. State of the Industry 13
3.2. Key Trends 17
3.3. Notable Players 18
3.4. Trade 21
3.5. Corporate Actions 26
3.6. Regulations 28
3.7. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 30
4. AFRICA 31
5. INTERNATIONAL 34
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 37
6.1. COVID -19 37
6.2. Economic Environment 38
6.3. Labour 41
6.4. Environmental Issues 43
6.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 44
6.6. Government Support 46
6.7. Input Costs 47
7. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 48
7.1. Competition 48
7.2. Ownership Structure of the Industry 49
7.3. Barriers to Entry 49
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 50
9. OUTLOOK 51
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 52
11. REFERENCES 52
11.1. Publications 52
11.2. Websites 53
Appendix 1 - Summary of Notable Players 54
COMPANY PROFILES 58
Absolute Service Centre (Pty) Ltd 58
Aerios Global Aviation (Pty) Ltd 59
Air-Tec Aviation Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 61
Airbus Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd 63
Airlink (Pty) Ltd 65
Airwork Africa (Pty) Ltd 70
Cem Air (Pty) Ltd 71
Denel SOC Ltd 73
East Coast Aviation (Pty) Ltd 78
FFA Aviation Amo 1116 (Pty) Ltd 80
Global Aerotech (Pty) Ltd 81
Lufthansa Technik AG 82
National Airways Corporation (Pty) Ltd 85
Pearl Coral 1173 CC 88
SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service Trust (The) 89
SAA Technical (SOC) Ltd 91
Safair Operations (Pty) Ltd 93
Sahara African Aviation Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 95
Solenta Aviation (Pty) Ltd 96
South African Police Service 98
Star Air Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 103
TitanOffshore (Pty) Ltd 105
Transafrica Aircraft Services (Pty) Ltd 107
Ultimate Aviation Technical (Pty) Ltd 108
Yes Aircraft Maintenance (Pty) Ltd 109