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Does Each Airline Has Their Own Maintenance Team?  
User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4525 times:

Some large airlines like LH has their own maintenance team LH Technik, what about the others? For example BA, VS, CX SQ...
also some LCCs like ryanair or easyjet, do they have their own hangers and people to repair and check the planes? or they let others to do it?

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User currently offlineCOEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 273 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4513 times:

Some airlines have their own maintenance people. Others contract it out. Depends on the situation for the airline at hand and weather it is better for them with respect to costs. Hope that helps


User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4493 times:

can you please give me some examples on which airlines do that themselves and which contract them out please? Million thanks!

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User currently offlineN670UW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1618 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4463 times:

Most major carriers in the U.S. do their own line maintenance. Some do overhauls, and some outsource overhauls.

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11200 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4441 times:

Most of the major airlines of the world do their own maintenance and at the same time contract out maintenance because they are unable to keep up with the need.

What happens is airlines end up expanding their fleet quicker than they can expand their maintenance capabilities.

This can be said about Air India (I'm sure B747-437B can elaborate more) which I believe contracts some of its D Check maintenance to Singapore Airlines.

Air Canada contracts a lot of its 747 maintenance aswell.

There is a major maintenance contractor in Hong Kong partially owned by Cathay Pacific, I forgot what it is called. But they are one of the leading when it comes to conducting D Checks on 747s. D Check is the most intensive type of aircraft maintenance for airliners.

Most of the small airlines do their own minor maintenance as well mostly line maintenance, but when it comes to some heavier, more intense maintenance, most do not have the capability and contract it out to other airlines.

Then there are some small airlines that specialize in maintenance. A good example that I know of is Lebanon's national carrier, MEA which has 2 747 sized hangers and 2 smaller hangers. They own an excellent maintenance provider called MidEast Aircraft Services Company (MASCO) which is JAR 145 approved which means it get carry on maintenance on European-registered aircraft.

Cyprus Airways has a 3-year contract from 2002 to 2005 to do 27 C Checks on their A320 family. MASCO upgraded 1 of the 747 hangers for aircraft painting and as a result repainted most of Cyprus Airways' A320s in the old livery into the new livery.

I posted this cover a while ago:

You can see the Cyprus Airways aircraft inside the hanger.

The contract is being extended and will include maintaining Cyprus Airways' A330-200s as well.

Cyprus Airways is not a big airline, but they are bigger than MEA. However from what I have heard, they only have a small hanger capable of doing line maintenance on its fleet, but all main maintenance is contracted out to other carriers, MEA's MASCO being their biggest one.

It brings a lot of extra revenue for MEA. So any airline that is capable of contracting out heavy maintenance and is high quality at doing so can recieve a great boost in income.

Hope this helps.


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4408 times:

thanks BA for your kind help!

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