Russian MRO provider qualifies as a third-party servicing facility in Belgium
Russia’s Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow (VDTM) has successfully completed the certification of its Belgian line maintenance station for aircraft registered in Bermuda.
The Liége-based business unit of Volga-Dnepr Group, its first located in Europe, is thus now able to provide scheduled line maintenance services for third-party Boeing 737-300/400/500s, Boeing 747-400s and Boeing 747-8s at the station. The approved scope of work includes daily maintenance and defect elimination.
The certification process took five months, half of which was spent on the preparation and creation of specialist facilities with the necessary required equipment and tooling.
“Certification of the line maintenance station at Liége is a huge step forward for us because it accesses the European maintenance market for B737-300/400/500, B747-400 and B747-8 aircraft – and we intend to further expand on this range of services,” insists Pavel Tereschenkov, general director of VDTM.
The company is aiming to develop a panoply of services on offer at the Liége line maintenance station, including the provision of engine washing services for the afore-mentioned aircraft types.
At this stage, VDTM proves MRO services for airlines of Volga-Dnepr Group only, but is now working on identifying “other airline partners”. For example, in April, potential customer Azerbaijani all-cargo carrier Silk Way West Airlines launched scheduled twice-weekly services into Liége airport from its Baku hub.
The Russian MRO provider has thus far been carrying out the maintenance of the aircraft of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, which operates a fleet of seven B747-400Fs and 11 B747-8F freighters, and is about to also start providing MRO services for Atran Airlines’ three B737-400Fs.
VDTM, which aims to provide an increasing number of specialist MRO services for both Russian and foreign-built aircraft, was established in 2008 and, inside Russia, now operates from five bases at the three Moscow airports of Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo and at Krasnoyarsk’s Emelyanovo, as well as Krasnodar’s Pashkovsky airports.
Each station is certified to provide a range of services for Boeing 747, Boeing 737, Airbus A320, and Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliners. VDTM has also recently introduced aircraft interiors and cargo equipment to its scope of service offerings.
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