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SriLankan markets aircraft maintenance services for other airlines

SERVICES: SriLankan Engineering is gaining ground in capturing market share for providing aircraft maintenance services for other airlines. The airline recently began an extensive maintenance overhaul of an Airbus A330-200 aircraft of Emirates Airline.

This is the first of two that are scheduled to undergo the ‘4C5Y Check’ back to back at SriLankan’s hangars in Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).In the past year, SriLankan Engineering also carried out maintenance checks on an Airbus A320 of the Pakistani airline Airblue, and another Emirates A330-200.

This was in addition to providing all maintenance checks on SriLankan’s own fleet of Airbus A340, A330, and A320 aircraft.

Chief Technical Officer at SriLankan, Captain Dick Hutton said: “We have now proven that our facilities and staff are more than capable of carrying out aircraft maintenance in quick time.

We are currently working towards obtaining certification in the European standard EASA, which would enable us to carry out maintenance work on aircraft of European airlines.”

All commercial aircraft undergo maintenance checks at different intervals, starting from brief spot checks after each flight. The 4C5Y Check, which is carried out every five years, takes 3-4 weeks and involves every aspect of the aircraft - airframe, avionics, engines, cabins, and painting.

Ian Dunning, Senior Manager Aircraft Maintenance, said: “Sri Lankan Airlines invested a significant sum on upgrading our engineering facilities with the specific aim of serving other airlines. We intend to increase our marketing efforts to raise awareness of our expertise among prospective customer airlines.”

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