Air Contractors Engineering considers business closure

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Edinburgh-based ATR 42/72 maintenance specialist Air Contractors Engineering is considering closing its business among other restructuring options, including transferring operations elsewhere on a smaller scale.

The MRO provider has started staff consultations to “allow them the maximum notice possible of any potential negative impact… in particular the closure of the business”, says the company’s parent, Dublin-based ASL Aviation Group.

ASL cites the lease expiry of the Edinburgh hangar at the end of September as cause for the restructuring plans. Although the group says that it is still negotiating with the airport operator about the facility.

Among “all other possible scenarios”, ASL is evaluating to cut back Air Contractors Engineering’s business to flight control surface repair from a smaller facility elsewhere and, alternatively, moving the MRO provider’s staff to other activities within the group.

Air Contractors Engineering has been providing line and base maintenance for ATR 42 and 72 turboprops since 2002. The services include component repairs for interior equipment and structural airframe parts, such as cowls, flight control surfaces and floor panels.