MAAS Aviation has opened a new purpose-built paint shop at Kaunas Airport in Lithuania.
Described by MAAS as the first of its kind in the country, the facility expands the company’s global footprint to eleven paint shops and increases its overall MRO capacity in Europe by 40 per cent.
The twin-bay narrowbody paint shop can accommodate up to two A321 sized aircraft simultaneously. It was constructed following a “multi-million Euro” investment by MAAS Aviation.
The facility features a range of new technologies, MAAS said, including systems to ensure safe and secure operations and to manage the environmental impact of its activities.
All MAAS Aviation facilities are certified to EN9100, ISO9001 and ISO14001 standards and the Kaunas shop will operate to these standards from the outset.
MAAS Aviation’s CEO Tim Macdougald noted that several factors influenced creating a new paint shop in Kaunas. “It was the universal willingness of the Lithuanian authorities to bring a new industry to Lithuania,” he explained. “I’d particularly like to mention Invest Lithuania and the Airport Authority of Lithuania for supporting a project that spearheads the development of aviation services at Kaunas. To FL Technics for committing to build a partnership with MAAS to combine our services with theirs for the benefit of airline and lease company customers. And to Ryanair for its continued business and trust in being our launch customer at the site.”
Macdougald also noted that MAAS benefits from long term customer contracts – including with Airbus – all of which “relate to our culture which combines integrity with competence and reliability”. He said: “The standard of our facilities reflects our design expertise and includes full climate control paint shops, computerised building management systems and datalogging, high-lux lighting, and fully-lined clean paint shops. Our use of aircraft access docking systems eliminates the risk of damaging aircraft during painting due to the avoidance of moving equipment.”