Thomson Airways recently launched Direct Maintenance’s line maintenance services, the second current-generation widebody support capability added by the Dutch aftermarket provider in as many weeks.
Direct is helping Thomson turn 787s at the airline’s Mombasa, Kenya line station. The work started following Thomson’s inaugural 787 service betweenand Moi International Airport Dec. 3. The charter carrier had been operating on the route.
Direct’s 787 line support launch comes just two weeks after the company earned(EASA) approval adding line maintenance work to its EASA Part 145 certificate. Direct immediately put the approval to work supporting long-time customer Cargo, which is transitioning from freighters to 747-8s.
The new Boeing capabilities follow a year of significant expansion for Direct. In August 2012, the company addedline maintenance to its portfolio as part of a deal to support service into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
This past spring, Direct received EASA approval to open line stations at Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport. The new operations boosted Direct’s number of EASA-approved line stations to 10, including nine in Africa.