vectismanpaul
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Future Of BMI's Engineering/Maintenance Centres?

Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:35 pm

I originally posted this on another forum but feel it may get a wider audience here. As always any comments welcome.

Just out of interest does anyone know what BA plans to do with the BMI Maintenance bases at Heathrow and East Midlands? I did read somewhere that the Heathrow hangar was being rebranded as a BA hangar. I see aircraft are still positioning to EMA for maintenance. I also remember reading that the current contract with a maintenance company in Sofia ends in January 2013 and that some former BMI engineers would then be needed in UK for maintenance work. Is this correct? It may be an idea to keep the EMA base as with an increasing fleet the capacity may be needed.
I know that BA opened a hangar at Prestwick to enable extra capacity for specific work in Airbus aircraft. Are there any plans to keep this going?

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Tristarsteve
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Future Of BMI's Engineering/Maintenance Centres?

Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:52 pm

The BMI hangar at LHR is now a BA hangar.It has been branded TBD (the name of the old hangar at Hatton X that was pulled down 5 years ago)
Work carried out at EMA will finish in the next two months, and the hangar will be closed.
The PIK facility is an offshoot of the GLA base and performs wing work on the Airbus fleet. No idea what will happen when this is complete, but there is another year of wing work left
Most BMI engineers at LHR are now working for BA, together with most line maint engineers.
The EMA facility and its engineers has been made redundant.
 
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Future Of BMI's Engineering/Maintenance Centres?

Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:57 pm

Just to add to tristars reply the BD hangar at LHR has been a BA hanger (albeit without rebrand) since pretty much straight after the acquisition before full scale integration. I'm sure I saw a 777 tail peeping out of it while taxiing past back in May.

EMA is being used for the mid-haul A321s refurbishment currently. Not sure what will eventually happen too it.


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RE: Future Of BMI's Engineering/Maintenance Centres?

Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:54 am

Only change since the photo is the BMI signs have been removed but the BA signs on some of the other hangers have also been removed I guess with the Base getting a face lift with Training moving in we will see a fresh look around the base.
 
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RE: Future Of BMI's Engineering/Maintenance Centres?

Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:22 pm

Quoting vectismanpaul (Thread starter):
I know that BA opened a hangar at Prestwick to enable extra capacity for specific work in Airbus aircraft. Are there any plans to keep this going?


So far BA have sent 24 out of 33 319s, 17 out of 32 320s and all 11 of their 321s but no 318s to PIK for maintenance. Each aircraft typically spends 11 or 12 days at PIK although 320 G-EUUB spent 36 days there (including Christmas and the New Year) and several others have spent 26, 27 or 28 days there. At the other extreme 320 G-EUUV, the youngest aircraft to visit so far, returned to LHR after only seven days at PIK.

There have usually been two aircraft undergoing maintenance at PIK at the same time since late September last year. Since Christmas there have always been two. However so far no former BD Airbus, no 318 nor any of the youngest 18 320s has visited the facility.

If all the fleet are to visit there are still 26 or 28 with the two 318s left, more if the BD aircraft are icluded. With a median stay of around 12 days and two aircraft undergoing maintenance at any one time it looks as if BA will continue to use the ex Polar Airways facility at PIK for at a minimum of another six months if neither the 318s nor the former BD aircraft visit the hangar and significantly longer if they do.

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