S7 Technics has started maintenance work on the Boeing 767 and Airbus A320 aircraft fleet of Kazakhstan airline Air Astana following the signing of a five-year contract between the two parties in the summer of 2018.
Under the arrangement, S7 Technics has committed to undertake C checks on the narrowbody A320 family and on the 767 widebodies operated by the carrier.
The first 767, one of three operated by the airline, went into S7’s shop at Tolmachevo airport in February and was completed shortly after. The C check saw many the aircraft's components inspected. The second C-check was completed last week, according to Ivan Panshin, deputy general director for marketing and sales at S7 Technics.
“We’ve got three more scheduled before the summer at our Mineralnye Vody and Novosibirsk sites,” Panshin says. “In total, there are more than 40 base maintenance checks on Air Astana aircraft scheduled for completion at our sites up to the 2023-24 timeframe,” he adds.
According to S7, the deal makes Air Astana the first international airline to agree to such a long-term and large-scale contract with the Russian MRO. Previously, Air Astana has looked to mainland Europe and parts of Asia for third-party maintenance providers.
Air Astana outsources some of its maintenance requirements but holds a growing number of in-house capabilities while providing certain third-party services. The airline’s maintenance operation holds EASA Part 145 approval to perform maintenance up to and including A checks, plus some limited base maintenance activities on its own fleet of Airbus A320-family, Embraer 190 and Boeing 757-200 and 767-300 aircraft.
For third parties, it holds approval for customer aircraft on the Airbus A330, Boeing 737-700/800, Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 747-8 and later this year, the Boeing 777F.