Published on March 8th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
MAAS Aviation Partners with FL Technics in Kaunas
Dublin based MAAS Aviation has announced a partnership with FL Technics to create a world-class re-delivery centre in Kaunas, Lithuania. Following the opening of the new purpose-built paint facility which is adjacent to the FL Technics Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities. Combining base maintenance, painting and parking/storage in one location is an attractive proposition for leasing companies. It minimises aircraft ground time which offers economic value and less complexity for lessors.
MAAS Aviation’s new ultra-modern Lithuanian facility is a twin-bay narrow body paint shop capable of accommodating up to two A321 sized aircraft simultaneously and is the first of its kind in Lithuania. It grows the Company’s global footprint to eleven paint shops and increases their overall MRO capacity in Europe by 40%.
Speaking as the new venture was announced, CEO of MAAS Aviation, Tim Macdougald said, “Demand for our paint shops has always exceeded supply, so this additional capacity supports our growth ambitions and represents a logical next step for us. Our partnership with FL Technics will enable us to combine services for the benefit of airline and leasing company customers that value technologically and environmentally advanced facilities. Together we can offer an outstanding aircraft asset redelivery centre-of-excellence.”
MAAS now has facilities to have eleven aircraft in paint shops, with three in Hamburg, two in Kaunas, two in Maastricht, one at Fokker Woensdrecht and three in Mobile, Alabama and the company forecasts painting up to 300 aircraft this year. All MAAS paint shops are operated to OEM standards of performance. From a lessor’s perspective, combining painting with the other base maintenance capabilities offered by FL Technics offers a streamlined experience, including the management and co-ordination of aircraft redeliveries which is expected to take on an increased relevance post COVID-19 due to the number of aircraft likely to change operator.
FL Technics is a global MRO supply company with facilities worldwide. They are based in Vilnius, Lithuania with offices in Dublin, Thailand, China and the UK.