Ryanair Outsources More Heavy Maintenance

The work on Boeing 737-800 aircraft will be undertaken at Caerdav’s St Athan facility.
Credit: Ryanair

Ryanair will outsource two lines of heavy maintenance to MRO provider Caerdav over the winter period for 2022/23. 

The work on Boeing 737-800 aircraft will be undertaken at Caerdav’s St Athan facility, located close to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

“This agreement will allow Ryanair to utilize two heavy maintenance slots, with aircraft coming in nose to tail for the upcoming winter season,” says Neal McMahon, Ryanair’s director of operations. 

The Irish low-cost carrier outsources its heavy maintenance and last month agreed to a five-year deal with Joramco to send more aircraft to its facility in Amman, Jordan where it will occupy up to six heavy maintenance bay slots.

Ryanair operates an all-737 fleet and has a five-year growth plan in place to increase the number of aircraft in its fleet to more than 600. It has orders in place for more than 100 737 MAX aircraft, with deliveries of the narrowbody beginning in summer 2021 following a delay of more than two years. 

In addition to the Boeing 737s, Caerdav’s capabilities include base maintenance and line maintenance for 757 and 767 aircraft, as well as Airbus A320 family aircraft. Over the past two years the company has added new capabilities including passenger-to-freighter conversion services and undertaking regular end-of-lease check work for airlines.

James Pozzi

As Aviation Week's MRO Editor EMEA, James Pozzi covers the latest industry news from the European region and beyond. He also writes in-depth features on the commercial aftermarket for Inside MRO.