SmartLynx Airlines, EU-based specialists in full-service ACMI aircraft leasing solutions and charter operations, has announced the initiation and implementation of a new Part-145 Line Maintenance Organization SmartLynx Technik, to bring greater control back in-house.
As SmartLynx Airlines continues rapid business development, an in-house line maintenance centre, SmartLynx Technik, will be established to care for the airline’s Airbus fleet. The new centre will be EASA approved for A320/A330 aircraft types.
SmartLynx Technik engineers will be working from bases in Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia, and will be available to cover the whole of Europe when an aircraft recovery or support to sub-contracted suppliers is required.
The growing team of aircraft maintenance professionals is set to deliver a wide variety of Line Maintenance Services, from flying spanners to aircraft diagnostics, repairs and modifications.
SmartLynx Airlines has been on the lookout for competent aircraft technicians to join the new business unit. “Recently we had the pleasure of hosting our Job Fair in Istanbul, Turkey,” shared Rob Woods, VP Technical at SmartLynx Airlines. “It was the first in-person recruitment event since the pandemic. We had a great opportunity to meet so many skilled and enthusiastic Engineers interested and passionate about aviation. Over 120 people have attended the fair in Istanbul, where many top-notch technical universities are based.”
The new Line Maintenance centre SmartLynx Technik is planned to start operations in Q4.
SmartLynx Airlines on October 4, 2021 launched a new route connecting Berlin with Dubai. The flights are being operated for the FTI Group.
SmartLynx Airlines will be operating full charters for TUI Deutschland and Involatus. From summer 2021, it will fly to tourist destinations around the Mediterranean and Canary Islands for TUI Deutschland from Basel/ Mulhouse and Saarbrücken airports, as well as to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife for Involatus from various German airports in autumn 2021.
To underline its growth course in the German market, SmartLynx Airlines is also relying on a cooperation with the express service provider DHL. From now on, the airline will fly airfreight from Leipzig to all over the world. “By supporting the freight service provider DHL with two cargo aircraft, we are enabling our partner to respond to the growing demand for air freight,” says SmartLynx CEO Surintas. According to him, the two A321s are the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly aircraft in their class.
Above Copyright Photo: SmartLynx Airlines (Latvia) Airbus A320-211 YL-BBC (msn 142) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 907247.
SmartLynx Airlines has issued this statement:
Cooperation between the two companies began in 2016 when Latvian based ACMI provider wet-leased 2 aircraft to Belgium airline for a busy summer season.
The collaboration proved to be successful and continued during the following seasons with the increasing number of units leased each year.
At the end of 2018, SmartLynx Airlines and TUI Airlines Belgium reached their most ambitious agreement to date.
Starting in 2019, for 3 summer seasons in a row, 4 SmartLynx aircraft will be flying under TUI flight numbers sharing best business practices together. Belgium is considered to be the base for the 2019 operations and the bases for the remaining contract term will be decided.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): SmartLynx Airlines (Latvia) Airbus A320-211 YL-BBC (msn 142) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 907247.
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