Printed headline: UK Airline Maintenance
The UK is home to a small number of airlines, with only a handful providing third-party maintenance services.
Fleet: 277 Airbus and Boeing aircraft as of September 2019
Hangars: The airline’s network has hangars in four UK locations at Heathrow, Gatwick, Glasgow and Cardiff airports, while also operating 110 line stations worldwide. It also runs a specialist avionics repair operation in Pontyclun, South Wales, servicing most of the removable avionics units and some mechanical components. The airline’s interiors shop is in Blackwood, Wales.
Capabilities: British Airways Engineering, the airline’s MRO arm, provides a range of services including aircraft maintenance checks, line maintenance, AOG and material services, avionics and interiors services and engineering IT solutions.
Headquarters: Luton, England
Fleet: EasyJet operates a mixed fleet of 331 Airbus A320-family classic and Neo aircraft. The first A320neo of the 100-aircraft order entered the fleet in the summer of 2017, with the rest due by 2022.
Hangars: The airline operates two base maintenance hangars in the UK, at London Gatwick and London Luton airports. It also runs line stations at London Luton and Liverpool airports.
Capabilities: EasyJet holds Part M approval for continued airworthiness management, with almost all its activity in this area in-sourced; some services concerning records, documentation management and engine health monitoring are outsourced, but most of this is also done in-house. EasyJet also holds European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 21 approval, allowing it to design its own modifications in-house, and Part 145 certification at its Gatwick and Liverpool sites.
Founded: In 1979, as Jersey European Airways before the change to the current name in 2002
Headquarters: Exeter, England
Fleet: 75 aircraft (as of September 2019)
Hangars: Flybe Aviation Services, the MRO arm of the UK regional airline, conducts its maintenance services at a purpose-built hangar at Exeter, including base maintenance, line maintenance, component repair, design, technical support, parts trading and CAMO services. It also operates line stations at Southampton, Edinburgh, Belfast and London City Airport.
Capabilities: In addition to base and line maintenance offerings for the Embraer 145 and 195, Bombardier CRJ and Q400, ATR42 and 72 and BAe 146 aircraft, Flybe also has technical services and training capabilities.
Founded: In 1983, as Channel Express; became Jet2.com in 2003
Headquarters: Leeds, England
Fleet: 92 Boeing aircraft, including 737-300s and -800s, and 757-200s.
Hangars: Jet2.com operates a maintenance hangar at its Leeds main base. Three years ago, in late 2016, it set up a 6,000-m2 (64,500-ft.2) hangar at Manchester Airport, allowing teams to work on up to three narrowbody aircraft simultaneously.
Capabilities: The low-cost carrier’s EASA Part 145 approval covers both line and base maintenance in the UK, plus down-route support in Alicante, Spain.
Headquarters: Crawley, England
Fleet: 50 aircraft, including the Airbus A330-200, -300 and -900 (neo), A340-600, A350-1000 and Boeing 747-400 and 787-9
Hangars: The airline’s primary hangar is located at London Heathrow Airport, where it performs line maintenance services. Virgin Atlantic also conducts line maintenance at London Gatwick Airport and at its Manchester base, as well as overseas in Johannesburg and Barbados, and at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Capabilities: Virgin Atlantic has shied away from carrying out maintenance for third-party customers, instead focusing on in-house work while partnering with other MROs, including AFI KLM E&M, Delta TechOps, HAECO Xiamen, Lufthansa Technik and SR Technics.
Headquarters: Glasgow, Scotland
Fleet: 29 aircraft, including the Embraer 135 and 145, Saab 2000 and 340, Twin Otter and the Britten Norman Islander
In-House Capabilities: Loganair Engineering has four hangar facilities and 11 line maintenance facilities across the UK. The airline performs base and line maintenance for the aircraft types it operates as well as for the Airbus A320, De Havilland Canada DHC-6 series and Dornier 328-100 series aircraft. It also has engine maintenance capabilities for the GE CT7 and CF34, Lycoming 0-540, Pratt & Whitney PT6A and 119, and Rolls-Royce AE 2100 and AE 3007 engines, as well as various Honeywell and Collins Aerospace APUs.
Third-Party MRO: Loganair Engineering offers third-party MRO on all the aircraft types it services. It has its own EASA Part 147 training facility, offering type ratings on the Saab 340 and 2000, Embraer 170/190, De Havilland Canada DHC-6 and Dornier 328 aircraft.