Air Canada has been forced to outsource some of its aircraft maintenance work overseas after the collapse of its former maintenance unit Aveos Fleet Performance Inc. last month.
This is problably what AC wanted when it started cancelling work at Aveos. Another way to get work done cheaper. Now the flying public has to decide if they want to travel in aircraft that are serviced in other countries.
The country’s largest carrier said it still intends to send about 50 aircraft to maintenance, repair, and overhaul [MRO] facilities in Quebec owned by Avianor and Premier Aviation.
But about 60 aircraft were going to be sent to MRO facilities outside the country ahead of the busy summer season, including Premier’s New York facility, as well as Aeroframe Services, LLC and TIMCO Aviation Services in the U.S.
Air Canada’s Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s in need of repair are being sent to ST Aerospace in Singapore and HAECO in Hong Kong, while its 767s will go to Lufthansa Technik in Ireland.
At the same time, some of its Embraer regional jets were going to Brazil for servicing, sources have said.
Peter Fitzpatrick, Air Canada spokesman, said the decision to send the aircraft out of the country for servicing was based on the maximum amount of work the two Quebec firms could absorb due to capacity or capability constraints ahead of the busy summer season.
“It is correct that some work has gone outside Canada and the reason is that Canadian MROs who can do the work in time are already at capacity due to Air Canada work,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said. “In a few cases, too, aircraft have to be sent elsewhere because no Canadian MROs are certified for certain work on particular aircraft types.”
Mr. Fitzpatrick noted that Air Canada has always said that some of the work might have to go outside Canada. The priority has been to keep the work in Canada, he said.
Aveos, the former maintenance unit of Air Canada, abruptly filed for bankruptcy protection in March putting its 2,600 employees out of work. The company, formerly known as Air Canada Technical Services, blamed its insolvency on $16-million in lost revenue in less than two months after Air Canada reduced, deferred, and cancelled maintenance work with the company.
Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada chief executive, denied Aveos’ bankruptcy was the result of anything the airline had done in testimony before a Commons committee earlier this month. He noted Air Canada had offered Aveos $15-milllion in emergency loans, but ultimately blamed “productivity issues” and the company’s inability to attract new customers for its demise.
Source: Scott Deveau, National Post
Gravity always wins!