Aerostar, which has performed work on a variety of aircraft types but is now focussed on the Boeing 737 Classic and NG families and the Airbus A319/320/321 Ceo and Neo families, celebrated its 15th anniversary on Dec. 6.
The first aircraft to fly into Aerostar’s Bacau base for a heavy check, on Dec. 6, 2004, was a FlyGlobespan Boeing 737-300 Classic. Since then, the MRO company has overhauled aircraft from a wide customer base of over 50 operators, mainly from within Europe, but also from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Over 700 heavy checks have been carried out during this period.
Initially the commercial aircraft MRO work was carried out in the production hangars previously employed for the conversion of Mig-21 Lancers for the Romanian Air Force. However, in 2012 a new state-of-the-art MRO facility was added to extend the capacity to 6/7 bays.
Now under construction and due to be structurally complete by the end of 2019 is a new MRO hangar located at Iasi International Airport, some 130km north east of Bacau. This will add a further 3-4 aircraft bays. Training of new employees for the Iasi MRO facility is underway alongside continual training for Bacau personnel.
“Aerostar has come a long way on its civil MRO journey and we are justifiably proud of our achievements over 15 years in this highly competitive sector,” said Ioan Dan Velescu, who heads Aerostar’s MRO Civil Aviation Division. “But the opening next year of our new facility at Iasi shows that Aerostar is not standing still.”
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