Zurich, Switzerland, 3 June 2012. Aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) specialist SR Technics in Zurich, Switzerland, will undertake line maintenance for Airbus A320 family aircraft operated by bargain airline easyJet plc in Luton, England, under terms of a contract renewal signed in late May.
The renewed contract calls for SR Technics to handle line maintenance for easyJet A320 aircraft through 2012 and 2013 at Belfast International Airport in Northern Ireland; at Bristol, London Stansted, Glasgow, and Edinburgh airports, and is extended to 2014 at London Gatwick airport.
Aircraft line maintenance -- as opposed to base maintenance -- typically describes minor or scheduled maintenance on aircraft that are in service, or that are preparing for their first flights in service after being out of service. Line maintenance also describes maintenance on en-route aircraft between flights, readying in-service an aircraft for flight, or maintenance to ensure that aircraft are airworthy and fit for flight.
Base maintenance typically refers to major maintenance, repair, and overhaul actions that require taking an aircraft out of service, such as for engine changes, overhauls, or major periodic required maintenance. The easyJet airline is the second largest low-cost carrier in Europe.
The Airbus twin-engine A320 single-aisle jetliner family is composed of the A318, A319, A320, and A321, and is used in a range of passenger aircraft services from very short-haul airline routes to intercontinental segments.
The A318 -- the smallest aircraft in the A320 family -- seats 100 passengers and has a range of about 1,750 miles; the A319 seats 124 passengers and has a range of 3,740 nautical miles; the A320 seats 150 and has a range of 3,300 nautical miles; and the A321 seats 185 passengers and has a range of 3,000 nautical miles.
The future Airbus A320neo -- short for new engine option -- will be part of the A320 family when the new aircraft enters service in 2015. Since Airbus introduced the A320neo in late 2010, some 1,420 orders and commitments had been logged. The A320neo will seat 150 to 180 passengers and have a maximum range of about 3,800 miles.
An SR Technics team manages material supply for the easyJet fleet of more than 200 aircraft operating in the budget airline's pan-European network and supports easyJet intermediate layover checks on Malta.
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