A-Technics expands its SSJ100 and B737MAX capabilities
Russian aircraft maintenance services provider A-Technics which, as part of Aeroflot Group was launched in December 2015, has revealed that its third full-year of operation was a breakthrough period and has consequently announced big plans for several new projects in 2019.
The company’s objectives for this year include expanding its Moscow Sheremetyevo base’s capabilities to include line maintenance of the Airbus A320 family aircraft. The decision to launch the line station at Russia’s largest airport was taken in 2018 and, in December, A-Technics’ Sheremetyevo shop started providing maintenance on Aeroflot’s SSJ100 aircraft under its own FAP-285 approval. To provide further support to its parent airline’s Superjet 100 fleet, the company is now planning to launch line maintenance stations at six airports in different regions of Russia.
At its current home base of Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, A-Technics performed its first C-checks on Boeing 777 and Boeing 747 wide-bodies in the third and fourth quarters of last year. In November the company also started providing maintenance (up to A-checks inclusively) on the Boeing 737-800s operated by Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary Pobeda Airlines. Thus, A-Technics is now able to provide support to all of Aeroflot Group’s airlines, with the exception of sister company Aurora Airlines, which serves the Far East of Russia.
Later this year, LCC Pobeda is to start taking delivery of the Boeing 737MAX aircraft, so A-Technics is to add capabilities for that new type as well.
Not surprisingly, the expanding company experienced a 29 per cent increase in the number of man-hours recorded last year compared to 2017 so that, in 2018, it contributed 813,700 man-hours, thus making A-Technics Russia’s second largest MRO service provider after S7 Technics. The gap between the two companies remains substantial, but it is gradually shrinking.
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