Silk Way Technics first in CIS to C-check Boeing 787-8

Silk Way Technics provides maintenance services on a wide range of Western-built airliner types One of the provider’s customers is Azeri national carrier AZAL (Silk Way Technics)

Azeri MRO provider Silk Way Technics (part of privately owned Silk Way Holding) has become the first specialist in the CIS to complete a C-check on a Boeing 787-8 widebody. The scheduled operations took the company 1,679 man-hours, with another 174 man-hours spent on unscheduled tasks- 174.

The photograph provided by the company shows an aircraft in the livery of Azerbaijan’s national carrier AZAL. The airline has two 787s in its fleet, and contracts Silk Way Technics for some of its maintenance needs.

In February 2017, Silk Way Technics told Russian Aviation Insider that it was working to obtain an approval for 787 heavy maintenance, including 24-month C-checks. At that point, the provider was authorized to offer line maintenance, landing gear and accumulator services on the type.

The company also offers line and base maintenance on the Boeing 747-400 and 747-8, 757-200, 767-300, Airbus A319/320/321 and А340-500/600, Embraer E170/E190, Gulfstream G200/G280/G450/G550/G650, and ATR 42, as well as associated component services and repairs.

Silk Way Technics also works with Azeri cargo carrier Silk Way West Airlines (another Silk Way company) and AZAL’s subsidiary Buta Airways, as well as with the local bizav operator Silk Way Business Aviation. It hold approvals not only from the local aviation authorities but also from EASA, the FAA, and the authorities of Bermuda, Qatar, and Kuwait, so may provide maintenance on foreign-registered aircraft.

AZAL has plans to expand its Dreamliner fleet. The other CIS operator of the type is Uzbekistan Airways. Several other carriers of the region have placed orders for the 787, including Kazakhstan’s Air Astana and Tajikistan’s Somon Air. Air Astana is currently considering the possibility of adding the type to its own approval and organize in-house maintenance at the recently opened MRO center in Astana.

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