Czech Airlines Technics, a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group providing aircraft repair and maintenance services, has become the first independent organisation in Europe to successfully pass the certification process and receive the approval of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to perform Line Maintenance services for Chinese airlines. Its employees can now verify aircraft post-maintenance airworthiness without having to request the presence of the official airline technician.

“The fact that we have been able to obtain the certificate for the entire Line Maintenance segment is a great achievement for the company. Thanks to the new certificate, we will have additional possibilities in the segment, increase the volume of guaranteed work for our employees and, most importantly, increase our competitiveness and the company’s prestige as we are the first independent organisation in Europe to have received the certificate,” said Pavel Haleš, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Czech Airlines Technics.

At this point, the certificate covers the Line Maintenance of Airbus A330, Boeing 767 and 777 operated by China Eastern Airlines in general. This type of maintenance of aircraft is performed either on a regular basis (e.g. daily or weekly) or ad hoc. It includes a thorough aircraft check, the refilling of all fluids, the completion of minor repairs, the checking of individual aircraft parts and an evaluation of whether or not an aircraft is fully functional and flight ready.

The certification process before the Chinese office took over a year and a half. During the time, it was necessary to draft and present the required legal documents pursuant to the Chinese legal system which were then subjected to a thorough approval process. All aircraft maintenance procedures were also reviewed by auditors in Prague.