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Smartavia Looking For Joint Venture To Support MRO

The airline currently partners with fellow Russian carrier Red Wings on maintenance.

Formerly named Nordavia, Smartavia flies nine Boeing 737NGs from its bases at Talagi Airport in Archangel and Domodedovo Airport in Moscow. The airline staff provide continuing airworthiness management, but Smartavia outsources all actual maintenance, according to a spokesman.

It also partners with other airlines, for example Red Wings, which operates 12 Airbus narrowbodies from its Moscow base and has 16 Irkut MC-21s on order, for maintenance contracting.

The spokesman says Smartavia shareholders are now considering a joint venture with one of the leading MRO companies in Europe.

The joint venture might be based in Archangel, one of Smartavia’s bases. The venture would initially focus on Smartavia and Red Wings fleets and then support other airlines. “It’s too early to talk about the timing of this project,” the spokesman says. “We are now working on organizational issues and looking for a high-qualified staff.”

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