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Atitech Adds Next-Gen MRO Capabilities

The Naples, Italy-based MRO, which has had a productive few months of expanding airline contracts and capability, plans to adopt a similar formula going forward.

Italian maintenance provider Atitech is adding new services as it aims to build its growth trajectory in the narrowbody and widebody airframe segments.

Last month, the Italian MRO took the first step by adding Airbus A320neo base maintenance capabilities. Announced on Nov. 21, the EASA Part 145 certification means Atitech’s team of technicians can provide support to operators of this next-generation aircraft. It complements existing approvals on more mature aircraft, such as Boeing 737 and 767, Airbus A320F and A330, ATR 42 and 72, and Embraer 175 and 190.

An Atitech spokesperson told MRO-Network.com that the company’s growth strategy includes adding several new service additions--with a focus on acquiring more full-service, bundled contracts. According to the spokesperson, the strategy will also include utilizing offerings such as DOA Part 21, Part M, Part 147 and spare parts supply.

By region, it plans to target narrowbody customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, while looking at all corners of the world for widebody operators with whom to work, the spokesperson said.

Capacity is also being addressed, with plans to build three hangars, which will add 10 bays, to its operation near Naples International Airport.

Like many MROs, low-cost carriers operating seasonal routes will bring in a fair share of work over the winter months. In October, Atitech completed its first two-year check along with avionics modifications on a Boeing 737 operated by the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair. The MRO is scheduled to support the airline throughout the entire winter season for an undisclosed number of aircraft.

Another new customer is British carrier Eastern Airways, which in October of this year sent its sole Embraer 170 aircraft to Atitech for checks before it is returned to the lessor. The airline, headquartered in the Humberside region of England, phased out the E170 as part of efforts to harmonize its fleet through a cost reduction project.

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