The Federal Aviation Authority has issued Cardiff Aviation with approval to act as a Part-145 Air Repair Station.

The MRO will now be permitted to provide airframe and powerplant repairs on aircraft used by operators regulated by the US national aviation authority.

With Cardiff Aviation already holding EASA Part-145 approval, the company now has the capability to repair and maintain both European and American-registered aircraft.

Joachim Jones, CEO, Cardiff Aviation, says: “Since January we have seen a significant increase in aircraft inputs through our maintenance hangars, and now with our FAA approval, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to attract even more business.”

In anticipation of additional aircraft inputs, Cardiff Aviation is also planning to grow its 100-strong engineering staff, with a particular focus on technicians type-rated on the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 family of jets.

Jones says: “We have the capability to work on anything up to a B757, but we see major opportunities within the medium-range narrow-body market. There are very few independent MROs left in the UK so with our facilities, we’re well-placed to support airlines who either need additional capacity or a permanent reliable maintenance partner.”