Royal Flight opts for maintaining its Boeing 757s in Russia

Royal Flight Royal Flight, which launched operations five years ago, currently has seven Boeing 757-200s in its fleet (Leonid Faerberg / Transport-Photo)

Russian charter carrier Royal Flight Airlines has once again entrusted S7 Technics, its local MRO specialist, with a C-check on one of its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. Although the Russian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market for this aircraft type is quite stable at the moment, it may grow when the country’s all-cargo airlines start to take deliveries of the freighter version of the Boeing 757-200.

According to public tracking services data, Royal Flight’s Boeing 757-200, with tail number VQ-BTM, has been grounded at Tolmachevo Airport (OVB), the Novosibirsk site of S7 Technics, which is the only location in Russia currently capable of performing a heavy check on a Boeing 757.

Royal Flight has confirmed to Russian Aviation Insider, that its aircraft is being serviced by S7 Technics.

The maintenance provider reports that its Tolmachevo facility has completed a total of eight C-checks on B757-200s in 2017, and targets the same number by the end of this year. It also notes that the MRO market for this type in the region is quite stable at the moment, but may grow when the country’s freighter airlines take deliveries of the freighter version of the Boeing 757-200. Last year there was just one B757 freighter in Russia, but in 2018 two local specialist cargo carriers – E-Cargo (Erofey Airlines) and Aviastar-Tu – started operating the type, and so the collective fleet of Boeing 757-200Fs may reach eight aircraft during next year.

Apart from those Russian airlines mentioned, Boeing 757-200s are also utilised by Azur Air and IFly, and both leisure carriers therefore have experience of working with S7 Technics. According to data from Rosaviatsiya, Russia’s aviation regulator, the collective fleet of B757-200s in Russia now stands at 18 aircraft.

S7 Technics in turn has reported that it earlier provided maintenance services to Boeing 757-200 operators from the CIS, such as Turkmenistan Airlines and Kazakhstan’s Air Astana. Last year it successfully completed its first heavy check on a B757-200 freighter.

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