At the end of this year FL Technics (Lithuania), a leading aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider in Eastern Europe, is planning to accept the first Boeing 737 NG aircraft in Vilnius.
In August was completed the technical training of personnel. Two FL Technics specialist groups received theoretical training at the FL Technics training base in Vilnius, it was done by Lufthansa Technical Training and Aerotechnical Consulting & Coaching GMBH. Practical training was organized in Germany, at the Lufthansa Technik aircraft maintenance base in Bremen.
“In order to serve the most common aircraft types, we invest into the renewal of our technical base, specialists’ knowledge and their qualification. 0.5 million Litas was assigned for the training and approximately 2 million Litas will be invested in equipment", says Jonas Butautis, CEO of the FL Technics.
According to him, the need to expand the Lithuanian company’s portfolio was influenced by the change of the aircraft fleet in the European region. About ten FL Technics customers from Russia, Ukraine, Norway, Italy and other countries use Boeing 737 NG and this type is gradually replacing Boeing 737 CL. J. Butautis predicts that within the next 5 years the number of this aircraft type in the CIS countries alone will grow up to 50, and in the EU market their number will exceed 1000.
According to the CEO of FL Technics, in addition to capacity of Boeing NG the company is planning to add Airbus 320, ATR 42-300/500 and ATR 72-300/500 to the portfolio by the end of 2010. This will allow the Lithuanian company to service all the airline companies, which have their bases within about 1000 km radius around Lithuania and carry out flights by using the most common medium-range and regional aircraft.
FL Technics currently carry out line and base maintenance for Boeing 737 Classic, Boeing 757-200, SAAB 2000, and SAAB 340 type aircraft.
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