Ural Airlines, Russia’s fifth largest carrier, has opened another line maintenance station as part of a program to reduce the usage of third-party contractors’ services during fleet maintenance and repair.
The new facility, which includes its own warehouse, has been established at Pulkovo Airport (LED, St. Petersburg), with a planned volume of work of about 9,000 man-hours by the end of the year.
Ural Carriers (U6) has an exceptional flight program at Russia’s Northern Capital’s airport and is consistently one of the top five Russian airlines in terms of traffic at Pulkovo.
According to the Yekaterinburg-based carrier, expanding the service station network will allow it to not only maintain flight punctuality and adhere to the planned schedule, but also “completely exclude the participation of subcontractors, which cannot always maintain a high rate and quality of work to ensure a high level of flight safety.”
In the middle of the pandemic crisis, the airline established a line repair station and a warehouse at Zhukovsky Airport in August of last year (ZIA). The airport in Moscow is currently undergoing 3,100 man-hours of development. The total number of man-hours planned for completion by the end of the year is 3,800.
Also, since August 2020 (when the gradual restoration of the air traffic began), a maintenance station in Moscow Domodedovo (DME), one of the carrier’s base airports, completed work in the amount of over 51,000 man-hours and reported a total rejection of the participation of subcontractors. Now the complete breadth of maintenance work is performed here only by the airline specialists.
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