Boeing has launched a new GoldCare MRO facility at Copenhagen International Airport. The airport’s second-largest hangar has been leased to house the operation. Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd. (MAEL) has been awarded a two-year contract to run the facility.
MAEL, the independent aircraft maintenance division of the U.K.’s Monarch group, will station 20 engineers at the airport to provide comprehensive phased checks, service bulletins and defect rectification.
“[MAEL] has a long history of successful, high-quality maintenance and is a great fit to provide the maintenance component for our 787 GoldCare,” said Bob Avery, vice president-fleet management for commercial aviation services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Monarch Airlines had ordered six 787s in 2006 for deliveries starting in 2010, but delays to the type pushed actual delivery to 2013 and led the airline to cancel its order in 2011. MAEL, having already started training on the type turned instead to servicing 787s as a third-party provider in 2010.
Notably, Boeing contracted it in February 2014 to head MRO ops for Norwegian Air’s 787. This was following the Scandinavian low-cost carrier’s highly critical complaints about the aircraft type’s early reliability.
MAEL Managing Director Ian Bartholomew says, “Our strategy is to continue our partnership with Boeing GoldCare, enhance our 787 experience on the lighter and the heavier phased checks, and to cement MAEL as a leading 787 MRO [provider].
“This is the latest step in our journey as a GoldCare partner,” he adds, “one which we started in 2010, and have rolled out across all of our four U.K. maintenance bases. Now,” he says, “we’re extending our work to customers at an overseas base.”
Norwegian and Qatar Airways both operate the 787 to and from Copenhagen airport, and will presumably be the first customers for MAEL’s services.