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EasyJet heavy-check business to sustain SR Technics' Malta hangar

Swiss maintenance specialist SR Technics is set to continue operating its Malta base, with the facility's main client EasyJet having agreed to extend their partnership.

The UK low-cost carrier's head of maintenance Brendan McConnellogue told Flightglobal during a hangar-opening event at London Gatwick airport on 10 June that EasyJet would stick with SR Technics' Malta site for IL-checks on its Airbus A320-family fleet.

But he adds that the Luton-based airline has also contracted Lufthansa Technik to conduct the same heavy checks – which are typically completed after six years of operation – on part of its fleet. This work will likewise be carried out in Malta, where the German MRO group also has a base.

In 2010, SR Technics opened a two-bay hangar for narrowbody airframe heavy maintenance in the Mediterranean island nation, after signing a partnership with EasyJet. The MRO provider struggled to attract additional customers to the site, and when EasyJet undertook a review of its heavy maintenance requirements last year, SR Technics evaluated the future of its Maltese operation.

SR Technics hopes to establish the site as a specialist for end-of-lease checks for aircraft lessors. But this plan depends on a base workload from EasyJet.

The facility at Gatwick is for light checks, and was opened together with LHT. While the two-bay fabric hangar was built by EasyJet and is managed by the airline, LHT takes care of the maintenance work with a local team.

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