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December 2018

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CSAT OPENS NEW LINE MAINTENANCE HANGAR bookmark

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of Prague Airport Group, has officially launched the winter season with Hangar S, a new line maintenance facility, at Václav Havel Airport. The hangar is located in the immediate vicinity of the original Hangar F used by the company for base maintenance, and is designed for one Boeing 737, Airbus A320 Family, or ATR aircraft. Construction started in September 2017 and was finished in Spring 2018. After inspections and approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Czech Republic and a successful test-run during the high summer season, the new hangar has gradually launched operations.


Thanks to the move of line maintenance to the recently built hangar, it has also been possible to increase base maintenance capacity, which represents almost 50% of CSAT’s revenue, to five standard lines, and a sixth line for minor maintenance jobs. Despite the increase, the hangar capacity is fully booked for several years. On the long-term horizon, we plan to build another hangar with the goal of performing the base maintenance of both narrowbody and widebody aircraft.”


Hangar S also supports less demanding base maintenance jobs at times when it is not used for line maintenance.

FLYBE IN DISPUTE WITH MAEL bookmark

Flybe announced on 27 November that it had served a Notice of Termination to Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) for Breach of Contract. MAEL had provided Flybe with line and light maintenance services at Birmingham, and line maintenance services at Manchester, since April 2013. MAEL took the decision to withdraw their services unilaterally and in conflict with the Contract, after close of business on 23 November 2018. MAEL recently finished a complex restructuring exercise resulting in a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement, and Flybe had been wholly supportive of MAEL throughout that process. Flybe is therefore very disappointed by these events, which appear to have been undertaken without due consideration of our business, customers and operations, and with no legal justification.


Since 23 November, all maintenance operations have been executed by Flybe staff and contracted agencies, without any adverse impact on Flybe operations or customers. Flybe are sympathetic to the many employees of MAEL who may be affected by the loss of work at MAEL and will be offering employment opportunities for engineers at Birmingham and Manchester, increasing the size of Flybe bases at those locations, and benefitting from establishing its own comprehensive maintenance operations.

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