Air Works Commemorates 74 Years of Incredible Service

The pan-India celebrations by Air Works Group reflected organisational and business transformation on historic milestone with recommitment to innovation, customer-led transformation, and greater indigenisation (Atmanirbharta)

Civil Aviation

New Delhi. India’s leading independent MRO turns 74! Air Works Group – India’s most loved MRO and aviation services major, celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its operations on April 16, 2024. It was on this day in 1951, barely four years after India’s independence, that Air Works commenced its pioneering business under its co-founders – aircraft engineers Late BG Menon and Late PS Menon – at the Mumbai airport.

Over the past seven decades, Air Works has grown and transformed from a pure play business aviation and MRO services company to one with the industry’s widest portfolio of customers and certifications to maintain over 50 types of aircraft, across several types of commercial, business, and defence aircraft, together with multiple maintenance facilities and a pan-India support network across 27 cities at over 50 locations.

The company marked this momentous achievement via a multi-city event that connected its pan-India offices LIVE for the first time, with celebrations that included extensive leadership engagement and a rewards and recognition for key performers and contributors who have demonstrated Air Works’ values of Passion, Perseverance and Professionalism across the various aspects of its business including Business excellence, Customer first, and keeping alive its Fly Assured promise.

Commenting on the historic milestone, D Anand Bhaskar, MD and CEO, Air Works Group said, “To lead a 74-year iconic organisation such as Air Works is a matter of immense pride as well as an indescribable feeling for me. Air Works is not only regarded as an MRO institution and a well reputed industry benchmark, but it has also become a manifestation of Aatmanirbhar Bharat all around us. Much as we are enjoying and celebrating this milestone, we have already begun looking ahead eagerly and excitedly, towards the upcoming year, when we turn 75! I thank our customers who have given us their trust and opportunities to assure their flights as well as greet and congratulate all our employees for their hard work, steadfastness, and innovation that has kept our engineering flag flying high, over decades.”

Air Works Group was India’s first privately owned, independent MRO in India to create an EASA-certified maintenance facility for airlines in India at Hosur, Tamil Nadu in 2008-09 after realising the need and advantages of having an indigenous facility ahead of time. Since then, the company has expanded its maintenance capacities significantly, inaugurating a second, state-of-the-art maintenance facility at the Cochin International Airport, for both business and commercial aircraft, designed specially to offer added flexibility to customers, together with another dedicated facility for maintenance of large business jets such as the Embraer ERJ-135.

The company has undertaken over 500 C-Checks to date, supported by in-house EASA and DGCA-certified shops to provide comprehensive structure and composite repairs, battery support, cabin interiors, component repairs, heat exchangers, painting, and others.

Dr Vandana Aggarwal, Sr. Economic Advisor (Retd.), Ministry of Civil Aviation, who graced the event as the Guest of Honour, congratulated the 1400+ strong Air Works family on the milestone, lauding their commitment and underlining the need to continue delivering outstanding work in the increasingly competitive scenario, backed by top-notch quality and an eagle-eyed customer focus, to sustain market leadership and relevance. She also urged Air Works to expand its heavy maintenance capabilities and innovation envelope, leverage upcoming opportunities in civil-defence convergence, invest more in continued skilling, enhance workforce diversity, and heighten collaboration by using technology.

Ravi Menon, Director, Air Works Group

Reflecting his experience, Ravi Menon, Director, Air Works Group, remarked, “It’s a poignant moment for us. Looking back, one never imagined such a dynamic journey or even growing from 50-100 employees to more than 1400 today, including having an opportunity to train as well as work with some of the most passionate and innovative minds in the field of aviation engineering & maintenance, who have been with us or have passed through the Air Works corridors. Our strength has been our enduring culture and family values that foster collaboration, trust, and transparency. This has helped us successfully transform and remain a viable partner to those who depend on us. It has been an incredible journey with innumerable memories and treasured experiences, and I am deeply indebted to everyone who has been part of our journey, right from our customers and employees to the regulators, partners, and global OEMs who’ve supported and believed in us for over seven decades.”

A recipient of major awards such as the Best MRO provider, Air Works has been an attractive and a much sought after employer brand in the MRO sector since many years. Given Indian aviation’s anticipated growth, and the accompanying demand for skilled manpower, the company is increasingly sharpening its competitiveness and innovative edge using several measures such as heightened trainings, investment in career mapping, greater diversity, value alignment, cross-sector hirings and digitisation to bring in the desired international levels of efficiency and accountability.

Air Works is also India’s biggest international Line Maintenance service provider to foreign airlines and cargo operators, managing one in every three flights that take off from the country. Its group companies – SA Air Works and Acumen Aviation – offer highly specialised avionics and systems integration services, together with asset management services to clients in India and abroad.

Outlining the Group’s upcoming plans, Bhaskar added, “We continue to partner our indigenous customers and take steps to strengthen our service offerings. Additionally, with the strong business outcomes we endeavour to achieve in the time to come, we are improving our commercial focus, and augmenting capabilities in select verticals to attract a greater percentage of global business. We are looking at a healthy growth as we step towards an even more exciting and vibrant 75th year. As always, the cornerstones of our success remain our aviation passion, our philosophy of never saying no to customers, and our family-driven DNA.”