Volga-Dnepr Technics Moscow (VDTM) has steadily increased its engineers and technicians. From 2014 to 2016, headcount increased by 27%, notes general director Evgenii Kochetov. He predicts VDTM staff will increase a further 39% in 2017. “It can be said with confidence that the number will increase with each year.”
VDTM now operates at five airports: three in Moscow and once each in Krasnoyarsk and Krasnodar. Kochetov says one of his major near-term objectives is constructing hangar facilities at Moscow-Sheremetyevo Airport for AirBridgeCargo Airlines, VDTM’s main customer, and other operators. He has other plans as well. “In the next five years, the company is keen to expand its network of line stations within Russia, gain approvals for maintenance of new aircraft types and develop its in-house Aviation Training Center to build on maintenance expertise.”
VDTM is also now supporting the entry into service of the Irkut MC-21, a twin-engine Russian jet airliner. Its engineers have been working closely with Irkut to develop a maintenance program for the aircraft, examine the composition and operation of aircraft systems and define intervals for checks and inspections.
Kochetov is confident VDTM has strong advantages in its home market. These include experience with new aircraft types like the 747-8, competitive labor costs, a presence at five Russian airports and success in deploying line maintenance stations worldwide. VDTM also has numerous capabilities such as diagnostics, structural repairs and electrical and mechanical shops, plus an in-house training center.
Moreover, VDTM itself is only one part of the larger Volga-Dneper Technics Group. The Moscow-based unit has 307 people at present. The Group’s AMTES division has 158 people working in Leipzig providing line and base maintenance for 747s and 737 classics, Antonov An-124s and Ilyushin IL-76s and doing line MRO on 737s and 747s in Frankfurt. The third member of the troika is VD Gulf, which supports Russian-built aircraft, 747s, 737s, 757s, A320s and A330s in Sharjah with a staff of 347 people.