FL Technics has established a new line maintenance station at Zhukovsky International Airport in Moscow, the MRO’s fourth new center opened in 2017.
First announced in March of this year and beginning operation on Nov. 15, FL Technics said the station at the Russian capital’s fourth largest airport will hold capabilities for services including daily and weekly checks, as well as defect rectification on Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 next generation aircraft types.
According to FL Technics, multiple customer airlines from Russia, Europe and Turkey are already in place for line services at the airport, located around 40km outside of Central Moscow.
Karolis Statkus, head of line maintenance at FL Technics, told MRO-Network.com that the company set up the new station six to eight weeks after the initial inquiry this summer.
Initially, the station will operate with what Statkus describes as “a small group” of domestic engineers, with workforce numbers anticipated to increase accordingly based on workflow.
“Russia is a good location for sourcing aviation specialists and a good network of airlines, MROs and OEMs exists there," he says.
With the Russian opening, FL Technics’ achieved its goal of establishing four line stations annually in 2017, following station openings in Riga, Latvia, Nuremberg, Germany and Valencia, Spain.
Statkus expects the target figure of four new line stations to apply in 2018, with locations selected based on their viability.