Today, SR Technics welcomed the 15th easyJet aircraft to its new two-bay facility in Malta. After a 14-day standard IL-maintenance check, the aircraft will be re-delivered at the end of March. Since October 2010, the company has built up its operation in Malta as a center of excellence for narrowbody aircraft base maintenance in Europe. easyJet is SR Technics’ base load customer in Malta with a long-term maintenance contract. As part of the agreement, SR Technics has been performing three ILmaintenance checks per month on easyJet’s Airbus A319 aircraft. All aircraft have been delivered on schedule with the same turnaround time of 14 days as is usually provided in Zurich.
The operation in Malta is delivering the premium MRO services that SR Technics is renowned for worldwide. The company is using a two-bay hangar at the Safi Aviation Park and has started to market its capacities to third-party customers. SR Technics has created approximately 150 jobs in Malta by the end of 2010 and is currently also working to receive the Boeing 737NG approval for this location. James Stewart, Chief Executive Officer at SR Technics said: “We are very proud to have established such a high-performance team of mostly local people. They have worked hard to deliver all aircraft on schedule and in line with the industry leading quality standards SR Technics is renowned for. We look forward to providing continued support to easyJet throughout their ongoing development.”
Warwick Brady, Group Operations Director of easyJet said: “The first 15 aircraft are the first of many in our strategic long-term partnership with SR Technics, and I congratulate everyone involved in this achievement. We’re looking forward to seeing the evolution of this facility to achieve ‘best in class’ in the industry.”
The Hon. Tonio Fenech, Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment welcomed this landmark news, which is testament to the growth and success being achieved by SR Technics’ operation in Malta. He said: “This is providing an important contribution to our country’s objective to reach excellence status in the field of aviation maintenance, which is also becoming a healthy contributor to job creation. Indeed, the 150 jobs created so far by SR Technics in Malta mean that the aviation maintenance sector employs more than a 1,000 people. The Government is committed to support the further expansion of the aviation industry.”