MK Airlines to seek third-party maintenance work

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Freight operator MK Airlines is intending to branch into third-party maintenance work as it prepares to secure European certification for its servicing operation.

MK Airlines expects to receive the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Part 145 approval in July.

Chief executive Mike Kruger, speaking to ATI at an event in London, said: “It gives us an ability [to seek additional business] which we didn’t have before.”

The carrier has a UK engineering base at Filton near Bristol, where it performs work exclusively on its own fleet, but is planning to offer third-party services – primarily on Boeing 747s – following the European approval.

MK Airlines, which is preparing to transfer its 747 freighter fleet to the UK registry from Ghana as part of a strategic business plan, is hoping that this will generate additional revenue for the carrier.

It is predicting revenue growth of 15% this year after generating sales of $292 million during 2004.