Aviation News – Aviation Voice https://aviationvoice.com Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:41:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.5 Boeing Anticipates Boeing 737 MAX Recertification in China https://aviationvoice.com/boeing-anticipates-boeing-737-max-recertification-in-china-202107290939/ Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:39:42 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212415 Reading Time: < 1 minute Boeing 737 MAX is currently approved in over 175 countries globally, with China still being an exception. However, even there, Boeing sees a pathway back to recertification. Here is what CEO Dave Calhoun said about recertification on Boeing’s second-quarter earnings call: “We continue to work with global regulators and still anticipate that the remaining regulatory […]

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Boeing 737 MAX is currently approved in over 175 countries globally, with China still being an exception. However, even there, Boeing sees a pathway back to recertification.

Here is what CEO Dave Calhoun said about recertification on Boeing’s second-quarter earnings call:

“We continue to work with global regulators and still anticipate that the remaining regulatory approvals will occur this year, including China, and as always we will follow global regulators lead in the steps ahead.”

“First of all let’s remember they have 100 airplanes on the ground in China that airlines want to get into the air. They’ve got the Olympics coming, and they want to move down that path. So they have a lot of natural incentive to want to do it. We’ve been working closely with [the CAAC] from the beginning. It’s constructive, technical issues are being resolved, in fact, for the most part, I think they’re all behind us, and yes I anticipate there will be test flights conducted in certification. As we said, we expect that we will get that before the end of this year,” he added.

China was the first country to ground the aircraft in 2019, but, at the moment, discussions around validation flights are underway. The three largest Chinese carriers, China Eastern, Air China, and China Southern, all have MAX aircraft in their fleet. Other airlines, such as Xiamen Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines,  also have MAX planes parked and awaiting resuming the service.

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EU Approves AerCap’s and GECAS Merger https://aviationvoice.com/eu-approves-aercaps-and-gecas-merger-202107281341/ Wed, 28 Jul 2021 10:41:02 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212409 Reading Time: < 1 minute The European Union has officially given its approval for AerCap’s merger with GECAS. The transaction marks part of an ongoing consolidation in the leasing market in the wake of Covid-19.  “The transaction is therefore unlikely to give rise to serious competition concerns in the markets for aircraft and aircraft engine leasing,” European Commission said. The […]

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The European Union has officially given its approval for AerCap’s merger with GECAS. The transaction marks part of an ongoing consolidation in the leasing market in the wake of Covid-19. 

“The transaction is therefore unlikely to give rise to serious competition concerns in the markets for aircraft and aircraft engine leasing,” European Commission said.

The approval is unconditional, meaning that AerCap will not have to reduce its fleet size or make concessions as feared. Now, the $30 billion acquisition of GECAS can go through with one of the most significant hurdles out of the way. Nevertheless, there are still steps remaining before closing.

The merger between the two largest lessors will have an impact on the market. The combined fleet size of AerCap will rise to nearly 2,100 aircraft. It is far ahead of number two, Avolon, which operates a fleet of 837 aircraft in total.

The merger is set to be completed by the end of 2021.

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IATA Disagrees with European Commission Regarding Slot Rules https://aviationvoice.com/iata-disagrees-with-european-commission-regarding-slot-rules-202107270958/ Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:58:37 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212404 Reading Time: < 1 minute International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called the European Commission decision on slots “out of touch with reality.” The European Commission has decided that for winter 2021/2022, airlines will need to use at least 50% of their airport slot allocations, or otherwise, they will be deprived of them. When speaking about the decision in an […]

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International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called the European Commission decision on slots “out of touch with reality.”

The European Commission has decided that for winter 2021/2022, airlines will need to use at least 50% of their airport slot allocations, or otherwise, they will be deprived of them.

When speaking about the decision in an IATA statement issued on July 23, 2021, IATA’s Director General Willie Walsh said:

“Once again, the Commission has shown they are out of touch with reality. The airline industry is still facing the worst crisis in its history. The Commission had an open goal to use the slots regulation to promote a sustainable recovery for airlines, but they missed. Instead, they have shown contempt for the industry, and for the many member states that repeatedly urged a more flexible solution, by stubbornly pursuing a policy that is contrary to all the evidence presented to them.”

IATA argues that the recovery is yet to come as by the end of 2021, international air traffic will only be 34% of 2019 levels. Also, as new Covid-19 variants appear, it cannot be taken for granted that further quarantine restrictions or closed borders will not come into effect.

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BAA Training Appoints Marijus Ravoitis As Its New CEO https://aviationvoice.com/baa-training-appoints-marijus-ravoitis-as-its-new-ceo-202107261947/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:47:52 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212398 Reading Time: 3 minutes BAA Training today announced the confirmation of Marijus Ravoitis as a new CEO of the company, who will supervise all its business operations globally. Egle Vaitkeviciute steps away as a CEO and progresses her career taking a more advanced role as a Strategic Advisor for BAA Training. The transition comes into force on the 3rd […]

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BAA Training today announced the confirmation of Marijus Ravoitis as a new CEO of the company, who will supervise all its business operations globally. Egle Vaitkeviciute steps away as a CEO and progresses her career taking a more advanced role as a Strategic Advisor for BAA Training. The transition comes into force on the 3rd of August, 2021.

Egle Vaitkeviciute says: „BAA Training is a business that has already built the proper environment to thrive and systems to scale. It has taken operations to the overseas markets, hit the next level with opening multiple training centres globally and accelerated its Ab Initio school’s performance. With ASG being a parent business with the strong financial capabilities to support extensive expansion plans and my new role building a bridge among all ASG companies and subsidiaries, BAA Training is guaranteed further continued and consistent growth worldwide.“

Egle Vaitkeviciute Progresses Her Career within the Group

Egle Vaitkeviciute has been in the CEO’s position since 2010. She has witnessed and personally contributed to the company’s growth to hundreds of people across continents. She takes new responsibilities because of BAA Training’s ambitious global expansion plans in Europe, Asia and other potential markets.

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Egle Vaitkeviciute, BAA Training

„It has been incredible 11 years of developing a unique success story like BAA Training. I will commit to further helping the company to expand into new markets and open up new revenue streams. It will be done in close cooperation with ASG group’s companies, while implementing digital innovations and other business development projects. The work in close collaboration with the group will directly influence the efficiency of BAA Training’s positioning in the global arena.“

Marijus Ravoitis Takes Over the Management of the Training Company

Marijus Ravoitis, who is making an internal move from a Chief Sales Officer’s role, will guide the organization in its mission to deliver world-class aviation training to both corporate and individual clients. In his four years of serving BAA Training, the company has acknowledged his dedication to creating an environment of accountability and transparency. He has been moving the organization forward, adopting the right global business strategies and building a rapport with clients during both triumphant and uncertain times for the industry.

Commenting on the appointment, Marijus Ravoitis said: „I look forward to building on the foundation that has been laid, driving an industry-leading growth that will benefit both BAA Training’s airline and private clients as well as all of the company’s employees and shareholders. We will also focus on pursuing the innovation and digitalization activities and realizing new services and ideas.“

BAA Training’s Global Expansion

 The pandemic has not undermined the wide range and scope of activities the company has been getting involved in. As the aviation recovery is imminent, BAA Training plans even more remarkable growth, so the need for internal transfer and reassignment of ownership was born.

 The recently opened simulator training centre in Barcelona – BAA Training Spain – is fully functional at the moment with its Airbus A320 simulator being booked tightly, especially by Air Maroc flight crews. Another full flight simulator – Boeing 737 MAX – has just arrived at the training facility and is currently being assembled before it can be used for professional training.

A modern training centre in Zhengzhou city, established on a franchise basis, marked the first BAA Training name’s appearance in China in June 2020 – amid the Covid-19 crisis. It was designed to provide the capacity of 40,000 flight hours per year and train approximately 4,000 pilots.

The most recent and substantial news, to be formalized yet, is that BAA Training plans to open another simulator training centre in Europe by 2023 in partnership with a leading European airline. It is yet one of the largest ever projects BAA Training gets engaged in that will help it follow the extensive expansion path envisioned. A few more of such large-scale projects are expected to be accomplished in years to come.

More about Marijus Ravoitis:

 Marijus Ravoitis joined BAA Training in 2017.

He has collected ten years of international sales experience in different industries and continents: South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Thanks to this diverse experience, he has a deep knowledge of different cultures and markets that is helpful in his current and future professional endeavors.

Apart from being an expert in the aviation training field, Marijus also has expertise in the Internet of Things and Consumer Electronics businesses.

Years of experience in high-profile negotiations and signing historic contracts with industry-leading companies have prompted a rapid career progression of Marijus from a sales leader’s position to the company’s CEO.

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Icelandair Is Satisfied with Its Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft https://aviationvoice.com/icelandair-is-satisfied-with-its-boeing-737-max-aircraft-202107261032/ Mon, 26 Jul 2021 07:32:10 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212393 Reading Time: < 1 minute Icelandair has taken deliveries of three new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the most recent quarter, bringing its total fleet to nine MAX aircraft. Seven are already in service, and the rest are expected to start flying from August. The airline is so far very pleased with the performance of the MAX: “The aircraft is […]

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Icelandair has taken deliveries of three new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the most recent quarter, bringing its total fleet to nine MAX aircraft. Seven are already in service, and the rest are expected to start flying from August.

The airline is so far very pleased with the performance of the MAX: “The aircraft is even more technically reliable and fuel efficient than originally anticipated with a payload range exceeding prior expectations making its suitability for Icelandair’s route network outstanding. The aircraft moreover supports the Group’s environmental strategy, which is focused on reducing carbon emissions, ensuring responsible environmental management, and driving sustainable procurement.”

The carrier is so happy with the type that it could be eyeing ordering more aircraft in the future. It said,

“Favorable post-COVID market conditions may result in further additions to the fleet the feasibility of which is currently being explored.”

The company reported a loss of $68 million in the first half of 2021 but said it saw clear signs of recovery in recent months, thanks to the opening of Icelandic borders to fully vaccinated travelers.

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BAA Training secures €31 million financing for its global expansion https://aviationvoice.com/baa-training-secures-e31-million-financing-for-its-global-expansion-202107221120/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 08:20:28 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212389 Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the leading independent aviation training companies – BAA Training – today has announced it will be getting financing for its global expansion provided by UK Export Finance (UKEF) and US Apple Bank for Savings. Two companies belonging to Avia Solutions Group (ASG) – BAA Training and ASG Asset Management – were involved in […]

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One of the leading independent aviation training companies – BAA Training – today has announced it will be getting financing for its global expansion provided by UK Export Finance (UKEF) and US Apple Bank for Savings. Two companies belonging to Avia Solutions Group (ASG) – BAA Training and ASG Asset Management – were involved in signing the historic agreements with the leading financial institutions.

The €31 million worth deal is one of the most significant agreements for the Lithuania-based company throughout its existence. It will facilitate the acquisition of 10 new simulators used for aviation training manufactured by L3Harris Technologies:

  • Two Boeing 737 MAX full flight simulators (FFSs)

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  • Eight fixed base training devices (FTD Level 2) – Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 family.

The training simulators will be installed at BAA Training’s brand new facility in Barcelona – BAA Training Spain – the biggest simulator centre in Southern Europe. 

The opportunity during the unprecedented times

The exceptionality of the financing agreements is that they come amid one of the most challenging times the aviation industry has ever faced. Therefore, they serve as evidence of trust in the future international growth of BAA Training.

Commenting on the large-scale deal, Jonas Janukenas, CEO at Avia Solutions Group, stated: “Signing such a financing agreement as this one during the global crisis affecting the entire aviation industry is out of the ordinary. It emphasizes the trust and confidence put into BAA Training that strengthens its position on the global stage.”

The Apple Bank for Savings financing arrangements were arranged by AirFinance. The loans are underwritten with a guarantee from UKEF, the UK’s Export Credit Agency (ECA), consolidating confidence in both BAA Training’s and Avia Solutions Group’s image in the global arena. This move will also ensure that the company’s strategic international development plans across Europe and Asia can be realized, giving it a competitive advantage over other businesses.

Vedder Price P.C., led by its Partner Dylan Potter, represented both UKEF and Apple Bank for Savings as outside counsel in the financing arrangements. Reed Smith LLP, led by partner Christopher Jackson, provided the majority of the legal support to BAA Training, which was also aided by advocate Ronaldas Kontautas and the team from Lithuania.

The agreements reinforce the expansion

“The concluded agreements allow for further successful implementation of BAA Training’s expansion plan in Europe and Asia. We view this achievement as especially important in our company’s history. This guarantee received from the international financial institutions is very significant as it directly positions BAA Training as a trustworthy global player in the aviation training industry. It also allows us to compete with the most prominent market players and seek even larger expansion in new markets,”‎ says BAA Training’s CEO, Egle Vaitkeviciute.

Already providing quality service to corporate clients, such as Turkish Airlines, Transavia, LOT, ENAC, Bamboo Airways, VieJet Air, Avion Express, SmartLynx Airlines, and others, with the agreement in place, BAA Training will also be able to pursue strategic shift objectives. It will deviate from all FFS services to a complex mix of FFS and FTD devices, representing a flexible and cost-efficient training solution for the airlines recovering from the Covid-19 crisis.

Andrew Woolfson, Partner at AirFinance, “Simulator-based training represents an important part of the aviation industry. AirFinance and Apple Bank for Savings are delighted to support BAA Training, a company with a long-term vision of growth in this sector, in this, and hopefully many more future transactions.“

Cost-cutting opportunities for customers

The acquisition of new FFSs and FTDs will allow BAA Training to implement cost-trimming measures to accommodate the changing customer needs. BAA Training will introduce a customer-centric solution enabling Type Rating programs’ training components to be split between two types of simulation devices – full flight simulators (FFSs) and fixed base training devices (FTDs). Before that, the entire Type Rating program used to be completed solely on an FFS, which is typically more costly. The novelty will drastically reduce the program’s total cost without compromising the quality of the training.

Additionally, BAA Training Spain has recently accepted the delivery of a state-of-the-art Boeing 737 MAX FFS. The simulators of this type are particularly scarce worldwide, and therefore, for BAA Training, it is another critical gain.

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Emirates Brings Back Up to 100 Pilots a Month https://aviationvoice.com/emirates-brings-back-up-to-100-pilots-a-month-202107161258/ Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:58:21 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212382 Reading Time: < 1 minute Emirates is currently bringing back pilots put on leave at the pace of 70-100 pilots a month as it sees an upward trend on many of its international routes. Ina n interview with media, Adel Ahmed Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer at Emirates, said the passenger load factor increased to about 70% in recent months […]

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Emirates is currently bringing back pilots put on leave at the pace of 70-100 pilots a month as it sees an upward trend on many of its international routes.

Ina n interview with media, Adel Ahmed Al Redha, Chief Operating Officer at Emirates, said the passenger load factor increased to about 70% in recent months compared with 44% last year.

“Almost all of our Boeing 777s pilots are back at work,” he said. “Regarding our A380 pilots, we will start building the numbers up as we put more aircraft back in operation.

“We are constrained with the number of training sessions that we can hold in our simulator, but we are currently working on bringing in between 70 to 100 pilots per month to re-train.”

Emirates sees an increase in bookings for destinations including Russia, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.

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63% of Boeing’s Q2 Deliveries Were For The 737 MAX Type https://aviationvoice.com/63-of-boeings-q2-deliveries-were-for-the-737-max-type-202107151017/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 07:17:50 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212375 Reading Time: < 1 minute According to Boeing’s most recent data, approximately two-thirds of all aircraft delivered in Q2 of 2021 were 737 MAX aircraft. The total number was 79 commercial aircraft during the quarter, with 50 of Boeing’s 737 MAX family. Based on the information from ch-aviation.com, Aeromexico was the biggest customer of this quarter as it took 8 […]

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According to Boeing’s most recent data, approximately two-thirds of all aircraft delivered in Q2 of 2021 were 737 MAX aircraft. The total number was 79 commercial aircraft during the quarter, with 50 of Boeing’s 737 MAX family.

Based on the information from ch-aviation.com, Aeromexico was the biggest customer of this quarter as it took 8 of the 50 deliveries. Southwest accounted for 7, TUI for 6, and Flair Airlines for 5 of the airplanes.

In addition to the 737 MAX aircraft, Boeing also delivered 8 767 freighters, a single 747, 8 777s, and 12 787 Dreamliners.

A year ago, the aerospace giant reported just 20 deliveries within three months as it was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and was seriously affected by the 737 MAX grounding. Last year, the Boeing 787 was its best-selling aircraft type, with seven of the aircraft delivered.

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Hail Damaged Emirates Boeing 777 Departing Milan https://aviationvoice.com/hail-damaged-emirates-boeing-777-departing-milan-202107141633/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 13:33:49 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212369 Reading Time: < 1 minute An Emirates flight EK205 was disturbed by the hailstorm making the aircraft turn around shortly after it took off on Tuesday, 13th July. As JACDEC reports, the incident occurred on Emirates flight EK205 from Milan Malpensa to New York JFK on Tuesday. The Boeing 777-300ER departed Milan at 16:23 local time. However, minutes after it […]

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An Emirates flight EK205 was disturbed by the hailstorm making the aircraft turn around shortly after it took off on Tuesday, 13th July.

As JACDEC reports, the incident occurred on Emirates flight EK205 from Milan Malpensa to New York JFK on Tuesday. The Boeing 777-300ER departed Milan at 16:23 local time. However, minutes after it took off and reached a height of 15,000ft over the surrounding mountains on route to 32,000ft, it faced issues due to a severe hailstorm.

To avoid a hard landing, the pilots decided to enter a holding pattern over Milan Airport for an hour at least. Only when they burned enough fuel, they landed the aircraft again in Milan at 18:04 local time.

The hail shattered two pilot windscreens, and the nose of the 777 also was damaged. No crew members or passengers were injured.

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Forward-looking Plans of Avia Repair Co https://aviationvoice.com/forward-looking-plans-of-avia-repair-co-202107140914/ Wed, 14 Jul 2021 06:14:40 +0000 https://aviationvoice.com/?p=212361 Reading Time: 4 minutes A newly established maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Avia Repair Co based at Lleida-Alguaire International Airport in Spain, will start its operations shortly. BAA Training is its founder and anchor client, but a more expanded customer and service portfolio are expected to follow over the next years. Initially, Avia Repair Co will be serving […]

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A newly established maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Avia Repair Co based at Lleida-Alguaire International Airport in Spain, will start its operations shortly. BAA Training is its founder and anchor client, but a more expanded customer and service portfolio are expected to follow over the next years. Initially, Avia Repair Co will be serving BAA Training‘s fleet of 22 aircraft – 11 single-engine Tecnam P2002, 2 multi-engine Tecnam P2006 and 9 single-engine Cessna 172. Meanwhile, Goncalo Antonio Nunes Penedo, appointed Director at Avia Repair Co, has agreed to share its vision and short-term and long-term goals.

Avia Repair Co has penetrated the Spanish MRO market. How does it plan to develop its operations?

Avia Repair is a new general aviation-focused MRO that needs to set a place in the Spanish market. This market still has some room for a new MRO like Avia Repair Co, mainly if we are focused on providing a good quality service at a competitive price.

At the beginning of Avia Repair Co‘s operations, its main client will be BAA Training. It has a growing fleet of Tecnams and Cessnas that will soon reach 23 aircraft in total. That said, the workload is already huge, and Avia Repair Co needs to gain momentum to accept external clients. Once we achieve that level, we will aim to have good quality service for a competitive price for our clients.

Employing an independent MRO ensures maintenance costs are controlled, and operations are optimized, allowing customers to decrease fleet inventory costs and improve maintenance downtimes.

What type of employees is Avia Repair Co looking for? Will you focus on finding highly qualified staff with previous on-the-job experience or training new hires to the expert level?

Ideally, we would be looking for experienced certifying staff and mechanics with several years of general aviation experience.

One of BAA Training‘s missions is to help young specialists find their place in the job market and make an impact on the Spanish aviation sector, creating jobs for people with a technical background. Therefore, in addition to striving to find technicians with high qualifications (there is a massive shortage of those), we will also take trainees.

The trainees in question will be coming from a Part 147 training organization recently installed in Lleida airport. Once we start our operations, Avia Repair Co will agree with this Part 147 to provide on-the-job training to new mechanics and Part 66 B1.2 students. We will later aim to hire some of those students and provide additional training, allowing them to reach the certifying staff level.

Will it be a challenge for Avia Repair Co to comply with the regulation as it is only making its first steps as a company?

Starting a new company focused on aircraft maintenance and airworthiness management is always a challenge, and of course, the regulations are our guidelines. Fortunately, we have staff with extensive experience in this field, and we are also providing additional rigorous training as necessary.

Avia Repair Co will be a Combined Airworthiness Organization (CAO), a brand new annex to EASA regulations. It gives us the possibility to develop an approved organization manual (CAE) that describes our approved procedures to maintain aircraft and control the airworthiness for the planes that we will include in our scope.

How will Avia Repair Co ensure supply of hard-to-find spare parts, etc.?

Nowadays, the supply in a short time is difficult to find for a couple of reasons. First of all, some manufacturers are producing fewer parts due to Covid 19 limitations. Secondly, the spare parts coming from the UK are currently being delayed on the customs.

To resolve these issues, we are now planning the parts consumption two months in advance. Moreover, an intelligent software system can be of great help to control a minimum stock of parts. Together with the BAA Training team that designed an intelligent business and training management system, Momook, we are in the process of creating a more innovative warehouse control. Also, it is necessary to have good partnerships with suppliers and find new projects.

Avia Repair Co is a part of the Avia Solutions Group (ASG) that encompasses other maintenance organizations, which also plays a significant role. Jet MS, for instance, is starting a project to deliver general aviation parts at short notice and at very competitive prices. Avia Repair Co will help with implementing this project in Spain and, at the same time, will take advantage of such a partnership to ensure a good delivery of parts.

What kind of customers will the company target and through which channels?

For the moment, the main client will be BAA Training. The fleet is numerous and keeps growing, so the workload is intense. But, of course, Avia Repair will focus on working with external clients like private owners, flight schools and aeroclubs, gradually gaining a competitive edge in the industry.

According to the business expansion, one of the first steps will be to become a Tecnam service centre and move forward with manufacturers’ agreements. That will give us visibility, for sure.

The aviation world is not as big as it seems, and I believe, if we can provide a good quality service, the clients will reach us.

How did the need for establishing an MRO arise?

BAA Training used to have a maintenance department before. However, as it started expanding rapidly in terms of fleet and operations, the need to create a strong MRO that can ensure timely and high-level maintenance services became evident. It will also bring added value for the whole Avia Solutions Group, which it will be a part of.

For BAA Training, having a dedicated MRO will mean costs reduction, better control of the status of its fleet, and increased quality of the maintenance, which results in flight safety.

Currently, Avia Repair Co is finalizing the formalities and is expected to start its operations as a juridical entity and a certified MRO by the end of September. The initial request has already been submitted to EASA and it’s now a matter of time before it gets legal rights and responsibilities.

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