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Transavia Chooses CSAT For LDG Overhauls

Low-cost carrier looks across Europe for landing gear needs.

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT) has won a long-term maintenance deal from the Air France-KLM group to support Boeing 737NG landing gear for Transavia and Transavia France.

After several rounds of bidding CSAT beat off competition for the nine-year contract, although that didn’t include Air France-KLM’s in-house MRO provider – Air France Industries KLM E&M.

AFI KLM E&M’s website lists capabilities for several 737 landing gear components, but the MRO provider says it does not perform landing gear overhauls for the Boeing narrowbody.

Last year Transavia extended a long-term component deal with AFI KLM E&M, covering repair, overhaul and spares services.

Under the latest contract, CSAT will overhaul at least 96 shipsets over nine years and lease spare sets to Transavia and Transavia France to minimise operational disruption during maintenance.

“Purchasing our… fourth… spare landing gear set is the first major CSAT investment to be made this year. Currently, B737NG landing gear general repair demand is on the rise,” says Václav Řehoř, chairman of CSAT’s owner, Czech Aeroholding.

Of course, it is not that unusual for airlines to look beyond their own technical departments. Sometimes this is to offload excess work, sometimes it is to address a capability gap, as was the case for the CSAT contract.

The Czech provider has three lines dedicated to landing gear maintenance, making it something of a house special.

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