LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services (LOTAMS) says it has opened its first permanent foreign maintenance base capable of offering a full range of line maintenance services in Budapest.
The location close to the Hungarian capital’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport commence operating on May 3 and has already carried out line maintenance work on a LOT Polish Airlines-operated Boeing 787.
LOTAMS said work went into planning the location for around seven months, and it has also formed a partnership with Hungarian MRO Aeroplex, which will support LOTAMS in the event of non-standard maintenance activities.
Rafał Momot, VP commercial at LOTAMS, says now the base is operational, plans are afoot to further grow its services in Budapest, including hiring more employees and service Embraer aircraft operated by third-party carriers.
LOTAMS has been an Embraer Authorized Service Center since 2012, and says it is the only one to hold the approval in the Central & Eastern Europe region.
The MRO, which employs around 800 people, operates five hangars in total including its mainbase in Warsaw, where it carries out base maintenance services for a number of widebody aircraft including the Boeing 787.