SR Technics foresees more line stations opening across Europe this year following its confirmation of its latest line station based at the UK’s Manchester Airport.
An SR Technics spokesperson told MRO-Network.com that although future locations have yet to be determined, the decision to open a line station at Manchester Airport was driven by a group strategy from parent company HNA to aid the operations of Hainan Airlines in Europe.
The line station at the UK’s third busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers will initially service the Airbus A330 and the Boeing 787, with Hainan flying both aircraft to European destinations including Manchester.
Eventually, it plans to add other aircraft types with the A350 cited, along with other Boeing and Airbus models. Should demand pick up over time, SR Technics confirmed the possibility of new technical staff being brought into the site.
Last week, Jakob Straub, head of aircraft services and line maintenance, said in a statement that the new operations will both strengthen the SR Technics line maintenance network and help grow its business.
According to SR Technics, the location took around two months to engage with the involved parties and to gain the necessary EASA regulatory approvals.