Morson Aircraft Engineering Services has decided to cease operations following the collapse of its largest customer, Thomas Cook Airlines.
"Four of our line-maintenance stations at UK airports have already closed and the remaining three will do so by the end of 2019," says the MRO provider, which was established by engineering recruitment specialist Morson Group using part of Monarch Aircraft Engineering's line-maintenance network after that company entered administration at the end of 2018.
Monarch's line stations at Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow and London Gatwick airports were transferred to Morson under a deal disclosed in January. Morson Aircraft Engineering Services subsequently opened additional stations in Belfast and Newcastle.
"In our first year of operation, we sought to quickly diversify our revenue and sealed contracts with seven other airlines," says company. "Whilst this would be considered a promising start for any new business, Thomas Cook Airlines still represented the majority of our revenue and made it impossible for us to sustain operations."
The MRO unit highlights its parent company's "wider work across the aviation sector" and says this "continues to thrive", adding: "Morson remains the largest technical recruitment agency in the UK and Morson Projects a significant provider of design services, including EASA Part-21J services."
Morson Aircraft Engineering Services' customers included Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic – both of which had already been Monarch Aircraft Engineering clients – alongside Air Transat, Avion Express, SmartLynx and Sunwing Airlines.