FL Technics, the Lithuanian MRO provider, has almost doubled its annual profit to €10.8 million ($12 million) for 2018.
The improvement came off a 14% rise in sales, while CEO Zilvinas Lapinskas said that the implementation of lean production methods had been key to the profit result.
Speaking to MRO Network in April, he said that efficiencies on the shop floor were a strong differentiator for the company in competition with Russian and Eastern European MRO providers, allowing it to shorten turnaround times and speed up training of personnel.
He also credited a ‘Bays’ system, whereby a dedicated team works on one aircraft, for further efficiencies.
Summing up the year, Lapionskas said: “We made our worldwide parts & materials businesses bloom, struck number of top-notch deals for line maintenance customers in Europe and Middle East, made a solid ground for a future growth in Asia-Pacific region by opening a new warehouse in the region and establishing a joint venture in China.”
During the year FL Techncis agreed a line maintenance contract with Wizz Air for 11 Airbus A320s based in Vienna and signed an €11 million contract to provide heavy maintenance for 28 Lufthansa Group A320-family aircraft.
Lapinskas told MRO Network that the latter contract would have been “impossible” without the aforementioned improvements to FL’s production methods and an expansion of its heavy maintenance capabilities that has included new services in its wheels and brakes shop the modernization of its interior, battery and emergency equipment shops.
Away from home, FL Technics has been busy building up its Asian presence. Last August FL Technics Indonesia earned FAA Part 145 certification for its operation at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International.
In China, meanwhile, Harbin-based FL ARI Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering aims to provide A320- and 737-family support, has recently received line maintenance approval from Chinese regulators, and is progressing towards EASA certification.
Lapinskas described 2018 as “a year of constant growth and geographical expansion”, adding that the overall result “is visible in our financial spreadsheets”.