LONDON—STS Line Maintenance plans to add more line stations in the U.S. and overseas, and announced it will open new locations at airports soon to be vacated by HAECO Americas Line Services.
Florida-headquartered STS confirmed Dec. 6 it will open new maintenance stations at airports in the following cities: Boston; Burbank, California; Denver; Newark, New Jersey; New York City; Orlando, Florida; Minneapolis; Omaha, Nebraska; Phoenix; and Fort Myers, Florida. This follows HAECO Americas Line Services’ announcement in October that it would close these stations by the end of 2016. HAECO’s overseas line maintenance bases will remain operational.
The move will bring the number of STS-operated line stations in the U.S. to 24. The company also opened its first overseas line station in September in Nassau, Bahamas. STS Group President Mark Smith said this expansion trend at home and abroad is set to continue.
“We have our eyes focused on continued expansion,” he said. “In the future, we will continue to open new stations in the U.S., but we also have our eyes on a few new opportunities overseas.”
He said that by opening up the new line stations, STS will be able to offer “more robust” coverage to airline customers, while also holding a capability to provide a single-aircraft maintenance solution.
The expansion is also opening up potential new customer opportunities, Smith said. “We are gaining some new customers from this expansion—many are foreign carriers,” he said, adding that the airline customers are presently confidential, due to nondisclosure agreements.
Smith estimated that around 65% of HAECO line-maintenance technicians have taken up new roles with STS. The MRO provider committed to retaining most of the HAECO technicians in preparation for a Jan. 1 start.
“The ratio really was dependent on location,” he said. “In some stations, all of the former HAECO employees accepted jobs with us. In other stations, some left and went to work directly for airlines.”