Airbus wins first Flight Hour Services contract in the CIS

Kyrgyzstan’s Air Manas has selected maintenance-by-the-hour services for its A220 fleet

Air Manas Airbus FHS (Air Manas)

Air Manas (IATA code : ZM), a low-cost operator based in Kyrgyzstan, has selected Airbus’ Flight Hour Services (FHS) for component maintenance services in support of their new A220 leased fleet.

As first A220 operator in the CIS Air Manas will also become the first Airbus customer for components Flight Hour Services in the region.

The maintenance-by-the-hour service contract includes A220 material services with access to Airbus’ pool of parts and repair services. Bishkek-based privately-owned carrier will also benefit from Airbus’ engineering expertise to enhance the aircraft’s reliability and ease the fulfillment of lease return conditions.

“We are pleased to welcome Air Manas as our first FHS customer in Central Asia. We are building on our strong A220 component warehouses set-up to provide our new customer with the highest level of support. We are looking forward to contributing to Air Manas’ successful operation of its A220 fleet,” said Julien Franiatte, Head of Airbus Russia&CIS.

“It is a historical moment and honor for the new updated Air Manas after a long quarantine to be part of the big aviation world with the Airbus A220. We truly believe the Airbus Flight Hour Services will bring the highest level of service of flights with the A220”, Alexandr Belovol, shareholder of Air Manas, said.

The prospects and challenges facing Russia’s and CIS’ MRO industry will be discussed and thoroughly explored at the MRO Russia & CIS 2021 conference and exhibition (September 15-16), the 16th iteration of the largest annual event in Eastern Europe and Central Asia that is focused solely on covering the crucial issues of the MRO services for the region’s fast recovering air transport industry.

Air Manas entered service with its first Airbus A220-300 in May, 2021 on lease from Russia’s GTLK. The aircraft has a single-class layout with 145 passenger seats. The airline plans to add another aircraft of the type later this year (also via GTLK), and a further three by the end of 2023.

However, on July 28 Air Manas said it suspend its flight operations till autumn, citing «mastering of the new type of the aircraft, transition to a new strategy for the development of aviation in Kyrgyzstan and preparation for the opening of new destinations.”

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