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Magnetic MRO completes 100th aircraft paint job

JejuAir Magnetic MRO
photo_camera Credit: Sergey Kustov/Magnetic Group

Aircraft maintenance provider Magnetic MRO has completed its 100th aircraft paint job.

The milestone achievement was for South Korean airline JejuAir, with the finished aircraft now sporting its bright orange hue and distinctive dots on the stabilizer, alongside intricate hieroglyphs.

Formed in 2005, JejuAir flights cover over 84 routes, including the Gimpo-Jeju route, the world’s most frequently travelled aviation route. It also operates routes to another 49 destinations in the Asia-Pacific, including Japan, China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Guam, Saipan, Russia, and Laos.

Rihards Priedkalns, aircraft paintshop manager at Magnetic MRO, said: “Since my early days in 2016, I have been tackling challenges such as painting an airBaltic B737CL in just four days, and progressing to more intricate projects, and this milestone highlights our team’s dedication and expertise.”

Admiring the vibrant South Korean livery and reflecting on the complex paint job, Priedkalns added: “We work from well-prepared modification documents that show precise logo positions and directions to apply them correctly.”

Priedkalns has been part of many other paint jobs during his 13 year aviation career, including for Bahrain Royal Flight B747SP (A9C-HAK) to VIP standards in a tight 40-day window, a B777 aircraft for Football Club Barcelona (A7-BAE) where two artist teams collaborated to paint the entire Barcelona FC flag, and painting three A220s in Baltic states’ flag liveries for airBaltic at the Magnetic MRO paint hangar in Tallinn.

The maintenance provider’s paint hangar in the capital of Estonia opened in November 2017. The facility is 2,853 metres squared and can be tailored to serve different types of aircraft.

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