Croatia Airlines is building a third hangar at its Zagreb base, while the carrier’s maintenance division completed its first D-check for an Airbus A320.
Some 60 mechanics and engineers spend a total 9,000 working hours on the narrowbody owned by tour operator Thomas Cook. The aircraft (registration G-DHJZ) is a 2003-vintage A320 that is powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows.
It was the first A320-family D-check “in this part of Europe” and cost about €553,000 ($757,000), the airline says.
Croatia Airlines is expanding its maintenance capacity by about 30% with a third hangar that is due to open in spring 2014.
The extension comes as the Star Alliance carrier’s technical division has thus far generated around HRK 34 million ($6.1 million) in third-party revenues in 2013, nearly three quarters of which were for heavy maintenance.
The airline has completed 19 A- and 12 C-checks and recruited 44 additional employees in 2013, it says. But further jobs are to be generated through the third hangar.
Croatia Airlines' own fleet comprises four A319s, three A320s and five Bombardier Q400 turboprops.