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SR Technics Expands Line Maintenance Work For Air China

The MRO will now cover transit and preflight checks for the Chinese carrier at its London Gatwick line station.

SR Technics is expanding its ongoing collaboration with Air China Limited through a new line maintenance contract at London Gatwick.

The agreement, which took effect June 1, covers transit checks and preflight checks—including troubleshooting—for the Chinese flagship carrier’s Airbus A330 fleet. Work will be completed at SR Technics’ line station at London Gatwick, which is the MRO’s largest. The company recently expanded its line maintenance capabilities in the United Kingdom to support the latest A330neo and A350 types.

A spokesperson for SR Technics says the new contract was due to Air China’s plans to open a new route to London Gatwick this year along with its search for a reliable line maintenance provider in the UK. According to the spokesperson, the contract is rolling.

“It is always a source of pride when an existing customer decides to rely on us for new services,” says Jakob Straub, head of aircraft service and line maintenance, SR Technics. “This confirms that our reduced ground times, continuous support and the excellent quality of the services we provide result in gains for our business while also allowing us to expand our existing partnerships.”

SR Technics’ ongoing collaboration with Air China dates back to 2013. SR Technics says it has been working with the carrier “for a long time” in Geneva and it was recently selected as Air China’s line maintenance provider in Zurich.

SR Technics was acquired by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group in 2016, which bought an 80% stake in the company. The MRO provider is currently expanding its CAAC approvals in terms of stations and capability, which an SR Technics spokesperson says will enable it to support Hainan Airlines and other Chinese operators with reliable and high-quality services across the European network.

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