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Aircraft maintenance market takes wing in Southeast Asia

Low-cost Indonesian and Thai players are challenging Singapore's dominance

A Garuda Indonesia aircraft undergoes maintenance at GMF AeroAsia's hangar at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.  (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Low-cost carriers have changed the face of civil aviation in Asia. In tandem with the rise, the behind-the-scenes market for aircraft maintenance is also changing as companies in countries like Indonesia and Thailand enter the field to challenge the dominance of established Singaporean players.

GMF AeroAsia, the maintenance subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, opened the world's largest maintenance hangar for narrow body aircraft in 2015 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the gateway to Indonesia, located outside of Jakarta.

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