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Magnetic MRO acquires line-support provider Direct Maintenance

Magnetic MRO has moved into widebody support with the acquisition of Dutch line-station operator Direct Maintenance.

The deal brings the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 within Magnetic MRO's range of capabilities, notes the Estonian company, which also doubles the number of line stations in its global network.

Amsterdam-based Direct Maintenance, previously owned by Direct Aviation Group, will retain its brand.

It employs 140 people and the list of widebodies for which it provides support extends beyond the A380 and 787 to include the A340, A350, 747 and 777. Additionally, Direct Maintenance supports the Embraer 170 and 190 and the Boeing MD-11.

It has 11 line stations spread across eight countries, and counts among its customers "national flag carriers and major leisure airlines from Europe, Middle East, USA, Asia and Africa", says its new owner.

"We will support the company's growth to a new level," states Magnetic MRO chief executive Risto Maeots, adding: "The acquisition is a part of our strategic development plan. It will allow us to further expand our total technical care programme, as well as synergise Magnetic MRO's and Direct Maintenance's efforts in customer support, business development and other areas."

Direct Maintenance's managing director Frank Daams is confident that the deal to benefit its customers: "Rest assured, they will be the main beneficiaries of our co-operation with Magnetic MRO."

The Estonian company is itself owned by China's Guangzhou Hangxin Aviation Technology.

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