Swiss maintenance provider SR Technics has completed the 50th base maintenance check on EasyJet's Airbus A320-family fleet at its facility in Malta.

The aircraft, an A319, will return to the UK budget carrier's operations at Gatwick today.

SR Technics, which is a wholly-owned unit of Abu Dhabi's Mubadala MRO Network, says that it has been able to reduce the turnaround time for the heavy maintenance check from 14 to 10 days since starting the 11-year fleet support contract in 2010.

It has also completed eight end-of-lease checks for EasyJet during this period. Four additional end-of-lease checks are scheduled before year end.

SR Technics is operating out of a leased two-bay hangar on the Mediterranean island. When the site opened in 2009, the company planned to construct a four-bay facility by 2012 to build up the location as a narrowbody airframe heavy maintenance centre.

The expansion plans were put on hold last year, however, after SR Technics failed to secure additional customers beyond EasyJet.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news