Answered by Ludek Stasek, technical director for Czech carrier that provides scheduled, charter and business-jet flights to more than 300 airports. Travel Service launched scheduled service in 2004. It flew 5.7 million passengers in 2015.
1. What maintenance does Travel Service do in house?
We hold an EASA Part 145 (repair-station certification) and mainly perform line and hangar maintenance. Our limit is up to 6,000 flight hours—we do all the jobs up to that point—and outsource the heavier maintenance.
2. What percentage of your flights are scheduled versus charter?
It’s about 50/50, but it depends on the season. In the summer, we operate more charter flights, and in the winter we are using ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) contracts—especially wet leases. Right now we have three ACMIs: one for SpiceJet, one for Oman Air, and one for (Air) Transat in Canada. But the biggest player for ACMI is Sunwing (Airlines)—we have cooperated with them for more than six years.
3. Is Travel Service really bigger than (CSA) Czech Airlines?
For sure. We have 32 Boeing 737NGs: two -700s, two -900s, and the rest -800s.
4. You have four subsidiaries?
Yes, four AOCs (air operator certificates): in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.
5. What is your biggest technical focus this year?
Our focus is implementing the Oases IT (information technology) system. Our preliminary plan was to implement it in six months, but we are a little off schedule. The full implementation will probably take one year. The procedures, training, scoping and getting data from the current system to the new system is taking longer. The biggest challenge is doing this without stopping the operation, because we can’t do that. No way.