FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, and Ariana Afghan Airlines, the national carrier of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, have announced the signing of the Letter of Intent in relation to a comprehensive long-term strategic cooperation between the two companies. The new partnership will begin with the establishment of the first EASA Part 145 Line Station in Afghanistan.
At the initial stage of the partnership, FL Technics and Ariana Afghan Airlines are going to establish a set of new Line stations in Afghanistan, which will operate in strict compliance with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations. The parties intend to launch the first station at Kabul International Airport in March 2013, where the EASA-certified technical specialists will provide line maintenance services for third-party airlines. It is also planned that through the alliance FL Technics may expand its activities to other Afghani airports as well as provide Ariana Afghan Airlines with a wider range of services, which include base maintenance, engine management and engineering support.
‘Entering Afghanistan as the first EASA-certified MRO provider, FL Technics further enhances its presence in the region. Together with Ariana Afghan Airlines we will develop a new generation of aircraft MRO bases in Afghanistan, which will fully satisfy the EASA requirements. By ensuring services of European quality, we anticipate that this will be yet another step in developing regional aviation to a higher level’, shares Jonas Butautis, the CEO of FL Technics.
‘Through the partnership with FL Technics and the entire Avia Solutions Group we endeavour to bring key improvements to Ariana Afghan Airlines. The cooperation with an industry-wide trusted and EASA-certified company will help us to augment the reliability and safety of our services to a new, higher level thus strengthening the trust of our passengers and aviation authorities around the world, including Europe. We strongly believe that the new alliance is not just a partnership of two companies, but rather a new step in the relationship between Afghani and Lithuanian people’, comments Nasir Ahmad Hakimi, the CEO of Ariana Afghan Airlines.