Polish military and general aviation MRO Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No 2, or WZL2 for short, is continuing its transition to maintenance of commercial aircraft. WZL2 recently received approval from civil aviation authorities for base maintenance on Embraers 170s and 190. “It means that we have extended the scope of our EASA PART 145 certificate and officially entered the group of MROs that can provide base maintenance on these types,” explains Business Development Manager Paweł Łubiński.
Although it has hangars for larger aircraft, WZL2 also wants a special hangar for maintenance on the regional jets. A design and construction company for the new hangar has been selected, and Lubinski expects the hangar to be finished by the beginning of 2020.
Meanwhile the MRO is investing in training and preparing staff for their new responsibilities, especially in workshop duties where it already has experience, tooling and resources. “Investing in human resources is crucial for boosting productivity and helping the company to remain competitive,” Lubinski observes.
The WZL2 exec is getting a lot of positive feedback from potential customers, and his MRO is considering other projects to be realized relatively soon. “We are already thinking about the next type of aircraft that we would like add to our certificate,” Lubinski says. “Taking into account the experience that we already have, in the context of market needs, the next types will be ATR 42s and 72s and finally Boeing 737NGs. Of course, these will be determined by current market conditions.”