Aerostar S.A., the leading Romanian aerospace company has started maintenance for the Airbus A320 aircraft. This follows the granting of EASA Part 145 approval earlier this year to Aerostar for the Airbus A320 family of airliners, building on approvals already in place for the Boeing 737 family and BAe 146/Avro RJ jetliners.
The new contract, which is being carried out at Aerostar’s Bacau facility is for an aircraft of Sky Wings Airlines of Greece. The A320-231 (msn 376), equipped with V2500 engines, arrived on October 9 and will undergo a ‘C’ Check, complete landing gear replacement and embodiment of all Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins.
The work is being carried out in Aerostar’s new 5,000 square meter hangar which was opened in May and which doubled the company’s commercial aircraft MRO capacity.
Ovidiu Buhai, Director Aviation MRO for Aerostar stated: “This is a milestone contract for Aerostar and is the start of a new chapter in our growing commercial aircraft MRO business.”
Since diversifying into commercial aircraft MRO for Boeing 737 in December 2004, Aerostar has completed more than 200 ‘C’- and ‘D’- checks for over 20 airlines from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.
Grigore Filip, President and General Director of Aerostar highlighted the growing attraction of Aerostar as an ideal centre for heavy maintenance and conversion work. He said: “We have a strong heritage of over 60 years experience in the aviation MRO industry and today can offer a complete package to our customers as we hold both EASA Part 21 approval for aviation manufacturing and Part 145 for MRO. We are also geographically well placed to capture MRO business from customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and western Asia.”