LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services (LOTAMS) is conducting heavy checks on KLM Cityhopper's Embraer E-Jet fleet.

The Polish MRO provider says it has processed the first aircraft under a contract covering heavy checks on a total of 26 E-Jets, and that further overhauls will be carried out across three parallel maintenance lines at its Warsaw base during the year's second half.

That hangar arrangement facilitates "smooth and comprehensive" implementation of agreed maintenance tasks, adds LOTAMS.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Cityhopper operates 17 E175s and 32 E190s, and that 22 of the E190s are between six and 10 years of age while the oldest E175 was manufactured in 2016.

LOTAMS has been an authorised Embraer service centre since 2012. In addition to supporting LOT Polish Airlines' E-Jet fleet, the MRO provider counts among its clients Air Burkina, Air Dolomiti, Air Moldova, BA CityFlyer and Montenegro Airlines.

External customers account for about half of business volume for LOTAMS, and its sales to international operators grew 42% last year, it says.

In 2017, Dutch carrier KLM introduced at its Amsterdam-based technical subsidiary Regional Jet Center a new maintenance concept – described as "pit stops" – to speed up the process of conducting C-checks on Cityhopper's E-Jet fleet.

KLM UK Engineering, another group subsidiary, based in Norwich, is capable of conducting heavy checks on E-Jets and other types, including Airbus A320-family jets and Boeing 737s.

Source: FlightGlobal.com