S7 Technics, leading Russian provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has launched Russia and the CIS's second repair shop for the CFM56 aero engines that power Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft.

The new amenity is located at S7 Technics’ southern base at Mineralnye Vody Airport (IATA: MRV) and combines several facilities: an aircraft bearings inspection section, a dedicated zone for powerplant unit repairs, and a separate station for part cleaning of engines.

The shop is equipped with a customised increased durability overhead crane with lifting devices (telphers) for the disassembly and assembly of engines and their components. The 850-square metre facility employs seven technicians and can simultaneously service up to four CFM56 engines.

The first such shop, which S7 Technics launched at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport (IATA: DME) in 2016, is able to handle two engines at a time. So with this new addition, the service provider has tripled its CFM56 repair capabilities in Russia and the CIS.

Mineralnye Vody has already won its first contract, from freight carrier ATRAN. The CFM56 engine was delivered to Mineralnye Vody by road. “The task is to replace the HP compressor cases and the LP compressor before the end of June,” explains Viktor Rusin, chief of the MRV engine repair shop. “Although the customer airline is based in central Russia, the logistics costs were not overwhelming, because alternative MRO opportunities exist only outside the CIS,” he adds.

“It was important for us to find a reliable engine maintenance provider in Russia to bring down the overhead costs and cut aircraft down times. We are confident that the equipment and the level of competence of the staff of S7 Technics’ CFM56 repair facility will enable us to have all engine maintenance tasks accomplished on time and with due quality,” comments Dmitry Obsharov, general director of ATRAN. “Our airline’s strategy of maintaining the airworthiness of our fleet includes creating a network of reliable maintenance partners, which includes S7 Technics, that would be capable of supporting our growth plans and the high operational standards of delivering freight by air,” Obsharov adds.

The new engine repair shop will also be actively involved in S7 Technics’ re-delivery check projects. “The number of re-delivery checks at Mineralnye Vody is on a steady rise and with such projects often revealing the need for engine repair works, the opening of this new facility at Mineralnye Vody will help reduce the overall time required for re-delivery checks,” Rusin points out.

S7 Technics Holding’s is the Russian market’s leading provider of aircraft maintenance services and offers base and line maintenance of aircraft types produced by Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, as well as repairs, engineering works and components manufacturing for a wide range of other aircraft types. It also provides specialist repair services for the CFM56 engine.

The Holding comprises two MRO subsidiaries: S7 ENGINEERING and Sibir Technics, which service aircraft at Moscow (DME), Novosibirsk (OVB) and Mineralnye Vody (MRV) airports, as well as at several line outstations across Russia. S7 Technics Holding’s production facilities are certified under EASA, Bermudan, Russian and other countries’ aviation requirements to provide maintenance on Boeing, Airbus, Sukhoi Superjet 100, Embraer and Cessna aircraft.

The company’s scope of work includes maintenance (up to and including D-checks), line maintenance, structural repairs, engineering services (including modification under EASA Part 21J and interior components manufacture under EASA Part 21 G).

S7 Technics’ Moscow (DME) base is the first aircraft maintenance organization in Russia and the CIS to be certified under the newest version of the international EN 9110:2016 standard.

The Holding’s companies also repair components, paint aircraft and train personnel (under EASA Part 147 and FAP-289 approvals). The company aims for the sustained improvement of its products, a philosophy which is partially supported by joint projects with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs.)

It delivers its services to major Russian airlines (S7 Group, Aeroflot Group, Ural Airlines and others) as well as to carriers from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, providing clients with more than 100 heavy maintenance operations and some 1,000 light maintenance repairs annually.

For more information about S7 Technics and its services, please visit: www.s7technics.ru