FL Technics is establishing new MRO infrastructure at Punta Cana International Airport, Dominican Republic.
Once the first stage of the development is finished, facilities will include five bays for base maintenance operations, including a complex of fully fledged supporting shops. Including the 20,000m² hangar and bays facility, the total area of the new infrastructure will be 52,000m².
The construction process will take up to two years. FL Technics affirmed its commitment to developing its existing global independent MRO network, which includes current base maintenance hangars in Lithuania (at two airports), England, Scotland and Indonesia. With the new facility in Dominican Republic, FL Technics-owned MRO hangar space will total 86,000m².
With a physical MRO hub in the region, FL Technics is aiming to support a “growing” fleet of narrow-body aircraft operated in the Americas. The company will leverage its global expertise and Part 145 capabilities certified by FAA and EASA. The company plans to provide both base and line maintenance services in the new hub.
“This expansion is our first physical base maintenance foothold in the region, following the existing FL Technics operations in the Americas, including line maintenance network in Canada,” said Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO of FL Technics. “It is a decisive investment as we aim to provide comprehensive MRO solutions to create long-term partnerships and a base for other future developments in the continent.”
With further investments across the Americas in mind, the Punta Cana project itself is also set for future development as there are plans for an additional seven bays in a second phase, to arrive at a total of 12 bays – adding base maintenance capacity.
“We are pleased to announce our strategic alliance with FL Technics to offer world-class MRO services at Punta Cana International Airport and Punta Cana Free Trade Zone,” said Giovanni Rainieri, airside operations director at Punta Cana International Airport. “With this strategic alliance, airport customers will have access to a wide range of aircraft maintenance and repair services, including scheduled inspections, component repairs, cabin modifications and painting, among others.”
“Strategic and operational business development requires meticulous planning and evaluation, especially when it comes to complex projects in new markets,” said Saulius Bajarunas, COO of FL Technics. “I trust this new infrastructure will become the foundation for future expansion of the new MRO hub, as the FL Technics team will apply best practices already proven successful in other continents.”
Such strategic developments are backed by Avia Solutions Group, parent company of FL Technics.