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 ā4C5Y
Checkā back to back at SriLankanās hangars in Colomboās 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
SriLankanās own fleet of Airbus A340, A330, and A320 aircraft.
Chief Technical Officer at SriLankan, Captain Dick Hutton said: āWe
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.ā
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: āSri 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.ā