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ATS Eyes A320 Heavy Airframe Maintenance Market

Service would build on existing Airbus services.

Aviation Technical Services (ATS), leveraging its growing experience on the Airbus A320 and eyeing the ripe North American market, is poised to add Airbus narrowbody heavy airframe maintenance capabilities to its service offerings.

“We are expanding our offering,” ATS CEO Matt Yerbic confirmed to Aviation Week’s MRO-Network.com at MRO Americas.

The company, an established Boeing 737 heavy-check provider, has steadily added A320 tooling during the past two years at its Everett, Washington, facility and is in position to serve customers, should the opportunity arise. It has done extensive work for several carriers, including Air Canada, JetBlue Airways, and Alaska Airlines, which either fly the A320 or—in Alaska’s case following its acquisition of all-A320-family operator Virgin America—is integrating the aircraft into its fleet.

“It’s not just one opportunity out there,” says ATS Chief Operating Officer Paul Dolan. “There are a number of folks looking for help. The fleets are growing, and some are transitioning A320s into their fleet.”

North America has no shortage of A320 work. Aviation Week’s 2017 Fleet & MRO Forecast pegs the Airbus narrowbody maintenance market at $2.3 billion in 2026. Major operators American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines operate the aircraft, as does growing low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines.

ATS’s A320 experience includes fleet integration assistance and airframe component repair. The carrier earlier this week announced a deal to install terrain awareness and warning systems on 49 Air Canada Airbus narrowbodies.

It also expanded its services for Spain’s Volotea. ATS, which helped the carrier integrate used Airbus A319s into its fleet in 2015, developed the layout for the airline’s new 150-seat A319 cabin.

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