Big moves continue in Eastern European MRO after GE and Lufthansa Technik opened their XEOS engine center in Poland and LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services announced plans to build a major MRO in southern Poland.
Now Czech-Polish aviation conglomerate Avia Prime will acquire a 99% stake in Serbia’s JAT Tehnika. The acquisition will significantly enhance the capabilities of Avia in dedicated workshops, an engine shop with dedicated test cell, training, continuing airworthiness management, base maintenance slots and FAA certificates.
Avia CEO Piotr Kaczor call the deal “a big relief. The profile of our customers changed significantly over the last 18 months, and we looked for a way to provide more base maintenance slots for the big fleets of our clients. Moreover, we welcome the customers, experience, and capabilities of our great soon-to-be sister company, JAT Tehnika, that will undoubtedly enhance our work in many fields.”
JAT Tehnika will be the third MRO that Avia Prime Group solely owns. The conglomerate was founded by LINETECH Aircraft Maintenance in 2014 to purchase a 100% stake in Adria Tehnika. Both companies joined forces, and recently many of the key departments were combined to provide more cost-effective and faster solutions to aircraft operators.
Adria Tehnika is one of the leading Bombardier CRJ airframe maintenance providers in Europe. The company also works on the Airbus A320 family, including neos. The company's base at Ljubljana, Slovenia, can accommodate up to 10 ICAO code C aircraft simultaneously.
LINETECH is currently operating in two airports, Katowice and Rzeszów in Southern Poland, with the capability of 10 code C aircraft. The company focuses on the Boeing 737CLs, NGs and MAXs, Airbus A320ceos, along with two generations of Embraer Jets, EMB135s, 145s and E190s.
JAT Tehnika is based at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia. With the acquisition of JAT Tehnika, Avia’s estimated volume of airframe maintenance should reach 3 million man-hours annually.