Magnetic MRO says its winter heavy maintenance schedule is nearly full for the 2018/2019 season while its 2019/2020 timetable has exceeded 75% capacity.
The Estonian maintenance provider says its schedule for winter this year is at around 97% capacity and will see it carry out C-checks for Austrian Airlines and leisure carrier Thomas Cook Airlines, along with the first ever heavy checks for Scandinavian Airlines’ Airbus A320neo fleet.
According to Magnetic MRO, its winter schedule in Tallinn for next year is three quarters full, having recently added Austrian Airlines to the agenda. Under the terms of that agreement, it will execute multiple C-checks on Austrian’s A320 family fleet.
Sergei Shkolnik, base maintenance director at Magnetic MRO, says it has never ran below full capacity for heavy checks over a winter period. “We have never skipped a winter where our slots felt alone,” he says.
Given it operates to full capacity every winter, and with future demand not expected to abate, thoughts are now turning towards a potential capacity expansion. Sergei Shkolnik, Magnetic MRO’s base maintenance director, says the company is looking to build a fourth hangar in Tallinn with additional three or four bays. He says this is earmarked for a 2020 completion.
Magnetic MRO says it expects further announcements in the coming months.
In the near-term, Magnetic MRO says it will service a number of cargo aircraft over the summer period, as well as its own aircraft that it buys and trades for its total technical care and asset management division.