Less than one year old, Air Italy has already become the second-largest carrier in Italy flying a mixed fleet of 15 aircraft: three Boeing 737MAXs, seven 737NGs and five Airbus A330s. Its network is also diverse, including domestic destinations like Milan, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, and Lamezia Terme, as well as international cities such as New York, Miami, Bangkok Delhi and Mumbai.
Chief Technical Officer Mark Boraman says Air Italy performs all line maintenance, including A checks, in house. In-house base maintenance is currently limited to the narrowbody fleet of 737s. “We also have some workshop capabilities with wheels and brakes being our most important one,” Boraman says.
Boraman’s most important goal right now is moving towards light maintenance on the 737MAX 8, which will maximize availability and manpower usage. “This is the ideal strategy with brand-new aircraft, and we will continue to outsource widebody A330 heavy maintenance as we do not have the capability for it, nor at present plan to do so in the future.”
Air Italy’s maintenance division is composed mostly of certifying staff, qualified mechanics and mechanics, all supported by the maintenance operation control center and supply chain personnel. “Our total head count for this division will reach 311 in 2019, including managers,” Boraman predicts.
Air Italy will expand both its facilities and staffing in Malpensa. “Our line facilities are already increasing, and we are currently considering building our own hangar in order to provide the higher standards we require in terms of technical dispatch reliability and regularity,” Boraman says.
The fast-growing carrier has a clear recruitment plan to address its growing needs in light of broader market conditions. “At Air Italy we are actively recruiting now, and we pay market rates to attract the best candidates,” Boraman says. “With the launch of the new brand, it has been great to see the feedback from the existing staff and the very solid response from the market in terms of the volume and quality of candidates that are applying to join our Air Italy technical team.”