Eurowings Starts New Line Maintenance Concept
Eurowings and Nayak have signed an extensive long-term contract for line maintenance at Düsseldorf. This contract specifies services within the new line maintenance concept of the airline.
In the past Eurowings did maintenance up to and including A checks at every station where its aircraft were based, Sauerland explains. “Now it has changed the maintenance program to centralize most line maintenance at Düsseldorf.”
Each Eurowings aircraft will fly every six weeks to Düsseldorf to get an extensive A Check, with the goal of returning to the rest of the network maintenance-free for the next six weeks. At each outstation, the local maintenance provider will complete daily and weekly defect rectifications.
“Efficient processes paired with operational stability, the highest quality and the required cost efficiency are our strengths, which convinced Eurowings to sign the contract,” Sauerland says. “We are very happy to have this renowned airline as our customer and are looking forward to further developing our cooperation.”
In addition to its A Check line in Düsseldorf, Nayak also has one AOG line. There it will do all major projects and major defect rectifications for Eurowings. These include heavy structural repairs, bigger unscheduled tasks, projects requiring fuel tank access, service bulletins and related tasks. Under its new contract, Nayak will also take care of aircraft-on-the-ground situations over Eurowings’ entire network.
Nayak’s 750 employees offer MRO at more than 40 European airports.
Eurowings’ 100 aircraft make it one of Europe’s biggest point-to-point carriers.
The new Nayak-Eurowings deal takes hold as Europe’s travel recovery appears to have stalled in the fall shoulder season. Domestic European flights were down 56% from year-ago levels in the first week of October, after being down only 49% in early August, according to RadarBox. However, both levels are up sharply from April-May’s 94% decline.
Eurowings’s fleet was flying 200 daily flights in early October, down from 268 flights in early August, but 10 times the level of 20 daily flights in April-May.