Lee Ann Shay, Chicago
In June, EasyJet extended its A320 heavy maintenance contract with SR Technics (SRT), its maintainer since 2005. The carrier was the launch customer for the MRO’s Malta facility, which opened in 2010. At the time, EasyJet said the contract would provide 17% efficiency gains from improved processes and economies of scale.
Neither EasyJet nor the MRO disclosed how many A320s are included in the new five-year contract or its financial value, but SRT says the work creates 30-40 new jobs in Malta.
Also in June, EasyJet opened a two-bay, 5,400-m2 (18,000-ft.2) maintenance hangar, designed by Rubb, at London Gatwick Airport, where Lufthansa Technik (LHT) will provide maintenance services. Under this five-year contract, LHT will deliver two inputs each night and aircraft-on-ground support as demanded. The phase checks will take about 85 worker-hours each for A319s and A320s. “This hangar is vital for EasyJet’s operations in its biggest network hub,” an EasyJet spokeswoman said.
The airline’s relationship with LHT further expanded on Sept. 5 with the announcement that the MRO will perform at least 100 A320 base maintenance checks over a five-year period at its Malta facility, a joint venture with Air Malta (8%) that opened in 2002. This is LHT’s first major heavy maintenance contract with EasyJet. Most work will be done in Malta, but LHT’s facility in Sofia, Bulgaria, will open a second line in 2017 to accommodate some checks.
While the contracts between EasyJet and LHT are new, they stem from an expanding relationship between the companies, which includes LHT maintenance performed at Berlin Schoenefeld and Milan Malpensa airports, as well as line maintenance in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and Cologne.
How does the base maintenance break out? EasyJet says: “All of our programmed base maintenance will be performed in Malta by SRT (65%) and LHT (35%),” which includes all six- and 12-year checks.
Expect EasyJet to “continue to drive innovation in predictive maintenance to drive further efficiency, including the use of data,” as it stated in its first-half fiscal year statement.
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