Sofia MRO Starts Small, Plans To Grow

An MRO starts in Sofia, Bulgaria--initially targeting Airbus A320 maintenance.

Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, Plane Care Solutions is Eastern Europe’s newest MRO. Plane Care is small now but definitely intends to grow, says Marian Todorov, sales manager.

The MRO has 45 people working in one bay of its hangar, with ongoing recruitment for a second bay, which will open in September. It also has several shops working on cabin seats and composite panels.

Todorov says Plane Care would like to double its current count of engineers and mechanics to accommodate the increased workload. On facilities, “part of our business plan is to expand our shops and offer more services to our customers locally.”

The MRO is also looking into its options for opening up line maintenance stations across Bulgaria and other European countries. “However, our priority is to first establish Plane Care Solutions as a reliable and trustworthy MRO at Sofia Airport,” Todorov stresses.

So far, Plane Care has concentrated on base maintenance, modifications and composite repairs on Airbus A320-family aircraft. But the European market is seeing growing demand for Boeing 737 maintenance, and Plane Care is looking into this option. "We are in talks with several customers on the topic and plan to have it official before the winter season," says Todorov.

As a new company, Plane Care is constantly on the lookout for maintenance staff who would fit its company culture. Todorov says the MRO does not want to confine people to particular roles, but give them the opportunity to work in different areas, increasing their overall knowledge of aircraft maintenance. It also hires fresh graduates, who it then brings onboard, trains internally and helps with certification.

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