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FL Technics Signs Continuing Airworthiness Management Support Agreement With Wizz Air Abu Dhabi

FL Technics Signs Continuing Airworthiness Management Support Agreement With Wizz Air Abu Dhabi

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FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and part of Avia Solutions Group, has signed a long-term contract to support international low-cost carrier Wizz Air Abu Dhabi with complete Continuing Airworthiness Management (CAM) services.

FL Technics Engineering team is proud and happy to start a new chapter of collaboration between Wizz Air and FL Technics. There have been a few years since both engineering teams worked closely together on different modifications. These initial projects and start of cooperation helped us to create a strong background that extended the partnership into CAM services.

“FL Technics is extremely glad to become a trusted partner of Wizz Abu Dhabi with such sensitive and important function as continuing airworthiness management. We are excited to share our solid experience in CAM field and strongly believe that this cooperation will positively support the successful development and growth of new Wizz Air subsidiaries, such as Wizz Abu Dhabi. Moreover, we are ready and passionate to extend our cooperation within CAM field in other AOCs of Wizz Air“, says Liudas Jurkonis, the Head of Engineering, Design and Technical Trainings of FL Technics.

FL Technics will perform continuous airworthiness management for Airbus A320 NEO and CEO family aircraft, and will provide full CAM services in accordance with the requirements of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) ensuring a proper control in AMOS system. The scope of work is not limited to full CAM services. It will also cover other engineering services, which Wizz Air requires on a regular and ad hoc basis.

“Wizz Air is very dynamic and progressive organisation – we expand and move fast. Therefore, we need a trustful and flexible partner to meet not only our high standards for continuous support, but also to meet our needs in this demanding and aggressive market. Being professional in your field is a necessity of any business, and that is why we have chosen to work with FL Technics to start our new subsidiary – Wizz Air Abu Dhabi,” says Ljubomir Jesic, Senior Technical Services Manager of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.

FL Technics renews its GCAA Part 21 certificate

FL Technics renews its GCAA Part 21 certificate

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FL Technics, a global MRO services provider, has renewed its GCAA Part 21 (Design) certificate for yet another year. The news come after a series of rigorous checks and audits performed by the GCAA of the UAE, prolonging FL Technics’ certification in UAE for the fourth year since 2017.

The Part21 certificate is of great importance for FL Technics, as the MRO provider aims to offer clients the widest possible service portfolio. The certificate enables the company to continue carrying out interior, avionics and passenger cabin modifications as well as providing materials required for the projects implementation. During the years, FL Technics has performed various projects for a number of carriers located in the Gulf region with the most recent works for flydubai. The renewal of the certificate will also allow the company to keep supporting its long-term customer Wizz Air, with its newly established joint venture, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.

Additionally the renewal will enable FL Technics to propose ideas and implement safety-oriented solutions related to the Covid-19 situation for all local operators to contribute to UAE airline market growth.

“The renewal of the DOA GCAA certificate comes as pleasant news for the company and the whole group. Since its foundation, FL Technics has always been working on increasing the availability and quality of its services around the globe. Since 2017, we have been successfully offering our cabin and avionics modifications services in the UAE and have successfully completed numerous projects for the airlines based in the region. We are glad to be recognized by the GCAA and we look forward to continue serving the growing aviation market of the region. “– commented Liudas Jurkonis Head of Engineering, Design and Technical Trainings.

The Importance Of Camo/Amo Services In Light Of Covid-19 Attack

The Importance Of Camo/Amo Services In Light Of Covid-19 Attack

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The recent report from Oliver Wyman analysing the impact of COVID-19 on commercial aviation anticipates: “the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be even worse than the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2003 SARS epidemic, and the 2008 financial crisis”[1]. Airlines are the first to face financial difficulties, which caused them going for the radical reductions in their capacities, followed by staff lay-offs, reduction of salaries and other possible means in order to manage their fixed costs in the time of the unknown.

Cost saving is a natural and straightforward strategy to survive these turbulences, however:

  • Due to the regulatory environment aviation industry is surrounded by, some costs (e.g. continuous airworthiness management/hereinafter – CAM(O)) are unavoidable and, thus, in this article we try to explore (i) what airlines are currently doing to manage the increasing costs and (ii) how to squeeze the best possible value of must-have functions, such as CAMO;
  • As financially painful as this could be, we do see “hold & wait” strategy being applied by lessors reducing and/or even waiving payments from airlines during the period of this pandemic. This could look like charity, but make no mistake, there is a practical side of such approach – it is better to maintain clients even if under different conditions rather than to lose them whatsoever. Hopefully, the silence in the market will not last for too long and asset management (hereinafter – AM(O)) decisions will have to be made.

What should the market players be prepared for and what potential challenges we will see in 2-3 months? This is another topic discussed below.

  1. From basic parking to full one-stop-shop package

Before going to the value of CAMO, let us discuss the first-hand strategies, currently applied by airlines. What is the primary need when there is no possibility to fly? Of course, to park your aircraft.

Unfortunately, when ~55-70% of the global fleet is grounded, it is rather difficult to find a place to park. If only MROs had parking lots, they would bring a great value to airlines and lessors. When added to the one-stop-shop package, such basic service like parking could be provided together with base & line maintenance, CAMO, AMO, design and other engineering solutions.

  1. Importance and value of CAMO in the time of awaited transitions

Regarding the value of CAMO – our experience working with a variety of airlines and lessors across the globe shows that CAMO can be treated as a very technical and not a value-creating service. However, the real value of continuous airworthiness management is revealed during the transition periods.

As this is especially relevant for the leased airplanes, the quality of CAMO should be a critical interest for the lessors. They should be making sure that their aircraft are being supervised by the right CAMO having a proper performance track record, a diversified and fully competent team of engineers, a focus on quality management processes and proper IT solutions implemented in place.

Our experience in the management of re-delivery processes shows that the direct asset value of aircraft can go down by 15-40% (which is millions of euros!) in a case of poor CAM process, not to mention the vital safety aspects. Moreover, this will also bring the indirect losses that a lessor or an airline would encounter trying to fix the records, gather documentation and sort potential problems with the regulators.

The selection of right CAMO in aviation world is a direct mirror for the selection of the right audit company in any of the listed ones. This is not only about the 1-page audit opinion to be released; this is the confidence and assurance of what the auditor/CAMO provides to its shareholders/lessor or airline. Hence, lessors should follow the example of the financial institutions and push airlines to choose a reliable and trusted partner rather than a mediocre CAMO (or auditor).

  1. Expected AM developments and challenges

The situation that we are experiencing now will not last forever – the abovementioned report by Oliver Wyman presents 3 scenarios showing the potential alternatives related to the revamp of aviation industry. Even in the worst-case scenarios, AM decisions will have to be made to manage the financial risks and positions timely and correctly.

Based on the above, we would predict that redelivery process should start booming again in the following 2-3 months (June-July 2020), which will result in the challenges that we have been experiencing before. This relates to:

  • A lack of or a highly limited pool of competent human resources, because it will be swallowed by the market due to the urgent needs from lessors or airlines;
  • A need for a clear prioritisation and a focus on the right market players /part of the fleet, which should be managed first.

One could argue that in case of the slow recovery, the number of (re)delivery processes will not be that large. However, being one step ahead and in a fully-ready mood would definitely gain the winning momentum for the lessors, as they will (i) have the most talented team and (ii) will be able to manage their opportunities and risks in the most effective way.

Having all of the above in mind, what should aviation do and how can we – FL Technics – help?

  • Firstly, look for the one-stop-shop solutions. Going for the packaged services would solve most of your issues.

While other organisations are able to propose solely CAMO service to you, which does not resolve all your problems, FL Technics can propose a full solution from A to Z. If you put your aircraft at our facility, it will be treated by FL Technics mechanics and airworthiness engineers, who will assure that the maintenance and storage works, records management and full design modification (if needed) are implemented.

Currently, we do help our clients with combined offering that includes parking, line maintenance and full engineering package (CAMO/ AMO), which is cost-effective and takes away a number of questions off the airline and/or lessor.

  • Secondly, select the right CAMO as they are the accountants of your aircraft, and can either increase the value of your assets or drain it to nothing if aviation industry specifics will not be understood properly and implemented poorly.
  • Thirdly, consider (re)deliveries – the market will recover yet no one is sure when. However, should you start the preparation works earlier, you will gain competitive advantage in either taking back the planes and securing your risks or giving them to the right (healthy) client.

Author: Liudas Jurkonis , Head of Engineering| Part M, FL Technics. Email: Liudas.Jurkonis@fltechnics.com

Our key contacts can be approached with questions and enquiries:

Ruslan Knysh – Project Management | email: ruslan.knysh@fltechnics.com | mobile: +37065676680

FL ARI receives EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization certification for line maintenance in China

FL ARI receives EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization certification for line maintenance in China

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FL ARI Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Company Ltd (“FL ARI”), a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider based in Harbin, China, is pleased to announce that it has received certification approval as an EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization. FL ARI is a joint venture between China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC), its mid to end-of-life aircraft solutions arm Aircraft Recycling International (ARI), and FL Technics, a leading provider of MRO services in Europe. FL ARI is now cleared to provide line maintenance support for aircraft from the Boeing 737 NG series to Airbus A320 families.

“We are happy that the joint venture company FL ARI has become the first independent MRO organisation in Northeast China to receive EASA Part 145 certification for line maintenance services. This certification will enable us to share FL Technics’ know-how and best practices, which we have acquired through 20 years of working globally in MRO. It is forecast that the aviation industry in China would be one of the fastest growing in the world over the next ten years. In the nearest future, FL ARI will extend its MRO capability by receiving EASA Part 145 certification for base maintenance services as well,” says Donatas Dockus, CEO of FL ARI.

“Receiving EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization certification from the EASA is an honor and the result of hard work and effort from all of the partners involved. Thanks to the excellence and experience of CALC Group and our partners, and the support from the EASA, FLARI could now provide excellent line maintenance in China. I have no doubt that the FL ARI team will bring the highest work ethic and business standards to Asia’s aviation market, and that, by joining together the resources of CALC Group and FL Technics’ experience, FL ARI will become a significant force in MRO services in China,” says Mr. Mike Poon, CEO of CALC and ARI.

FL ARI provides MRO services for aircraft in China and Asia. Established in 2018, FL ARI focuses on aircraft line and base maintenance, aircraft disassembly, and engineering services consultation. Currently, FL ARI‘s facility holds multiple approvals including the CAAC 145 line maintenance certificate, EASA Part 145 and China’s first accredited aircraft disassembler under the CAAC’s CCAR 145 Civil Aircraft Maintenance Organization Certificate Regulations. FL ARI is currently providing line maintenance and repair services for two reputable airlines in China.

FL ARI receives EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization certification for line maintenance in China

FL ARI obtains EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization certification for line maintenance in China

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FL ARI Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Company Ltd (“FL ARI”), maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider based in Harbin, China, is pleased to announce that it has obtained certification approval as an EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization. FL ARI is a joint venture between China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC), its mid- to end-of-life aircraft solutions arm Aircraft Recycling International (ARI), and FL Technics, a leading provider of MRO services in Europe. FL ARI is now cleared to provide line maintenance support for aircraft from the Boeing 737 NG series to Airbus A320 families.

“We are happy that the joint venture company FL ARI has become the first independent MRO organization in Northeast China to obtain an EASA Part 145 certification for line maintenance services. This certification will enable us to share FL Technics’ know-how and best practices, which we have acquired through 20 years of working globally in MRO. China’s aviation industry has been forecast to be one of the fastest-growing in the world over the next ten years. In the near future, FL ARI will extend its MRO capability by obtaining an EASA Part 145 certification for base maintenance services as well,” says Donatas Dockus, CEO of FL ARI.

Mr. Mike Poon, CEO of CALC and ARI, said: “Receiving an EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization certification from the EASA is an honor, and is a result of all the hard work and effort from all the partners involved. Thanks to the excellence and experience of CALC Group and our partners, as well as the support from the EASA, FLARI is now able to provide excellent line maintenance support in China. I do not doubt that the FL ARI team will bring the highest work ethic and business standards to Asia’s aviation market and that through the combination of the resources of CALC Group and FL Technics’ experience. FL ARI will become a significant force in MRO services in China.”

FL ARI provides MRO services for aircraft in China and Asia. Established in 2018, FL ARI focuses on aircraft line and base maintenance, aircraft disassembly, and engineering services consultation. Currently, FL ARI’s facility holds multiple approvals including the CAAC 145 line maintenance certificate, EASA Part 145 and China’s first accredited aircraft disassembler under the CAAC’s CCAR 145 Civil Aircraft Maintenance Organization Certificate Regulations. FL ARI is currently providing line maintenance and repair services for two reputable airlines in China.

FL Technics expands its line maintenance network to more than 50 line stations

FL Technics expands its line maintenance network to more than 50 line stations

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FL Technics, a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has begun 2020 by strengthening its position in Europe with the acquisition of Italian company Flash Line Maintenance S.r.l. The company provides line maintenance services for the Mediterranean region, and its acquisition will enable FL Technics to expand its line maintenance network to more than 50 line stations across Europe. With its expansion, FL Technics will become one of the largest providers of line maintenance services in Europe.

Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics commented: “This acquisition represents another strategic move by FL Technics into becoming a high-performance line maintenance network located in the globally significant aviation market. So with this new investment, our own line maintenance station network, and the previously acquired Storm Aviation station network, FL Technics is able to significantly strengthen its partnership with existing clients across the continent. FL Technics intends to invest in this newly acquired business by capitalizing on development opportunities within the market.”

Flash Line Maintenance S.r.l. acts as a line maintenance service provider for narrow- and wide-body aircraft and provides line maintenance services in 15 line maintenance stations operating in various airports in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The company’s client portfolio includes regional, international, cargo and low-cost airlines such as Volotea, EasyJet, British Airways CityFlyer, Wizzair, ASL Airlines, Air Dolomiti.

“With this acquisition, Flash Line Maintenance S.r.l. enters in a major network and makes a serious move towards its ambition to become a leading provider of aircraft line maintenance services in the Mediterranean region”, announced Dr. Ing. Daniele BALANI, Founder and Director of Flash Line Maintenance S.r.l.

FL Technics has been operating in the MRO services market for nearly 20 years and has offices in Lithuania, UK, Indonesia, Thailand and China. The company provides line maintenance services across Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and CIS countries. To strengthen its position in the Asian region, FL Technics formed a joint venture company FL ARI Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Company Ltd in 2018 with partners China Airlines Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC) and their subsidiary Aircraft Recycling International (ARI) in Harbin, China.

Maas aviation announces expansion of its aircraft painting business to Kaunas, Lithuania and forming an alliance with FL Technics

Maas aviation announces expansion of its aircraft painting business to Kaunas, Lithuania and forming an alliance with FL Technics

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Following a successful start of operations in late last year, FL Technics Engine Services, subsidiary of FL Technics, Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) organisation, announces the addition of more EASA Part 145 approved services for engine repair and maintenance.

In addition to previously available services that include Engine external examination, boreblending, engine preservation and storage services, QEC/LRU removal and installation, top case repair, and lease return services, FL Technics Engine Services will now offer its clients the full scope of crucial services for CFM56 family engines, related to Fan, Hot Section and Low-pressure turbine repair. The newly added services will be provided at a brand new fully authorised 3-bay quick-turn activities engine shop located at KUN/FEZ, next to FL Technics Base Maintenance hangar, offering clients a convenient one-stop-shop experience.

“We are extremely pleased with this achievement that would have not been possible without significant efforts from our team and Transport Competence Agency (TCA). The addition of services allows us to offer and deliver tailor-made solutions to customers in a timely and convenient manner,” commented Valerij Deveikis, Chief Executive Officer at FL Technics Engine Services.

“The addition of new services is a great development to our subsidiary FL Technics Engine Services and marks a major milestone towards strategic development of FL Technics as a leading one-stop-shop MRO service provider. We are proud of the experienced team that made this happen,” said Zilvinas Lapinskas, Chief Executive Officer at FL Technics.

FL Technics Engine Services quick turn engine shop opened its doors last year and now allows customers to optimise their engines’ Time on Wing (ToW), simultaneously optimising and minimising costs using the full scope of FL Technics Engine Services and FL Technics one-stop MRO services.

FL Technics expands its EASA Part-145 approval with Airbus A320neo family type

FL Technics expands its EASA Part-145 approval with Airbus A320neo family type

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FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, a part of Avia Solutions Group, has just extended its EASA Part-145 approval with Airbus A320neo family type (LEAP-1A & PW 1100G) for Line maintenance services.

The company has already added this new type to its main line station in Vilnius (VNO), Lithuania. Further expansion of the certificate addition is being planned towards Dubai (DXB), Vienna (VIE), Tbilisi (TBS), Riga (RIX), and Kiev (IEV) airports where FL Technics currently operates their EASA Part-145 approved line stations with A320 family aircraft, Airbus A330, and Boeing 737 capabilities.

“The new addition to our already existing EASA Part-145 approval gives a proof that our company is working extremely hard towards the highest results and quality possible. From now own, our Line maintenance stations will have even broader scope of operations, expanding the possibilities of maintaining over 900 operational A320neo family aircraft”, says Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO at FL Technics.

FL Technics finalizes year 2018 with a €10,8 million net profit

FL Technics finalizes year 2018 with a €10,8 million net profit

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FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, earned €119 million in revenue in 2018, which is approx. 14% more than in 2017 (€103 million) and reached net profit of €10.8 million (€5,7 million in 2017).

“Persistence, LEAN implementation in our maintenance process and a rapid reaction to ever changing competitive environment were the key factors to net profit growth of all our companies. We made our worldwide parts & materials businesses bloom, struck number of top-notch deals for line maintenance customers in Europe and Middle East, made a solid ground for a future growth in Asia-Pacific region by opening a new warehouse in the region and establishing a joint venture in China. 2018 was a year of constant growth and geographical expansion and it is visible in our financial spreadsheets, “says Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO at FL Technics.

FL Technics has expanded their clients’ portfolio by signing Lufthansa Group for a €11 million contract for 28 aircraft per annum for base maintenance services. The company signed a long-term line maintenance contract with Wizzair for 11 Airbus A320 family aircraft in Vienna line station.

It also has increased its training program scope for Boeing 777, Airbus A320 NEO, ATR 42/72, Boeing 767, and Airbus A330. Now, FL Technics has 240 technical training programs in 59 locations worldwide

FL Technics Indonesia earned a Part-145 certificate from U.S Federal Aviation Authority to provide maintenance and repair services to aircraft registered in the United States.

The company has established FL ARI – a joint venture with China Airlines Leasing Group Holdings Limited (CALC) and its subsidiary Aircraft Recycling International (ARI) that will service aircraft in Harbin (China). FL ARI will operate a 15,000 square meters’ hangar with 4 slots for narrow-body aircraft.

“Our company and its subsidiaries are growing in a very fast pace. We are fulfilling our strategic goals in global expansion and constantly building our reputation worldwide,” finalized Mr. Lapinskas.

FL Technics to open Line maintenance station in Dubai

FL Technics to open Line maintenance station in Dubai

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FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, a part of Avia Solutions Group, has just signed a joint operations agreement to open an EASA certified Line maintenance station in Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Just recently, FL Technics representatives signed the agreement with local partners which entitles them to start the establishment process for the station. The newly established station in DXB will be operational in the second half of April 2019. The EASA certified center will be providing line maintenance services to foreign and local airlines with work scope of up to DY/WY check and defect rectification.

“This is a great milestone for FL Technics. Middle East is one of the fastest growing aviation market in the world, despite China. And United Arab Emirates is in the center of it. Both Airbus and Boeing are forecasting a huge growth of the region for aviation. For example, Airbus is considering Dubai a second mega city for aviation in the world. It is extremely important for us to have a presence in one of the most rapidly growing aviation centers in the world, thus proving our foresights and strategic expansion goals on point,” says Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO at FL Technics.

From the beginning of its operations, the Line maintenance station at DXB will provide services for Airbus A320 family aircraft and Boeing 737 CL/NG. Further on, in H2 of 2019, the capabilities of the station will be expanded to include Airbus A320 NEO, A330, Boeing B777 and B787 aircraft types.

“We are entering the third largest airport in the world by passenger’s numbers. Establishing our operations in DXB will enable us to provide services to nearly all major airlines operating globally. Customers flying to Dubai International Airport will gain access to quality services and flexibility provided by FL Technics in a congested airport, enabling more options for prompt problem solving and in cases of an AOG,” explains Karolis Statkus, Head of Line Maintenance Department at FL Technics.

At the moment, FL Technics operates 35 Line maintenance stations around the world.