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Expansion all areas

Success has enabled S7 Technics to grow its portfolio across a wide range of activities, increasing aircraft types for maintenance as well as subsidiary services. It is also improving efficiencies
 
Earlier this year, ENGINEERING Holding announced that its subsidiaries S7 Engineering (with bases at Domodedovo and Mineralnye Vody airports) and Sibir Technic (based at Novosibirsk’s Tolmachevo airport) would now operate under a single brand – S7 Technics.
 
That followed a very successful 2018 as the demand for aircraft maintenance in Russia and the CIS grew substantially. Manhours rose by 7.7% over 2017 to 2,153,000 as 83 heavy maintenance checks were completed. Of these, 32 (almost 40%) were for base maintenance work and lease return redeliveries. This reflects growing demand in the region, which also saw the largest increase in aircraft deliveries since 2008. Demand continues to show signs of growth, with two current lease return projects for major global lessors due to be completed in 2019. Across the three bases, component repair work produced 28,600 repairs, a 27% improvement, while 97,600 manhours represented an increase of 34%.
 
Domodedovo was declared ready for Boeing 737 MAX at the start of the year. This followed EASA Part 147 training approval in February 2018 and EASA Part 145 approval for the LEAP-1B engines in November 2018. A team of 15 personnel received their theoretical training at S7 Technics last spring as well as hands-on experience at Boeing in Seattle, WA. This includes line and base maintenance, up to but currently not including C checks. The company estimates that, within five to seven years, Russia's collective fleet of 737 MAX aircraft will stretch to 100 units, so the MRO market for the type is clearly poised for growth. 
 
The Airbus A320neo arrived at Domodedovo in April for the first base maintenance check of this type in Russia and the CIS. The work included 7500 FH/5000 FC/24 month 1С checks, which took 5,000 manhours and six days. A total of 25 engineers were involved, including eight specialists with B-type licences. Novosibirsk will shortly start A320neo checks.
 
This has resulted an increased demand for training. In addition to classroom space at its Domodedovo hangar complex and three dedicated rooms at the S7 Aviation Training Center in nearby Bityagovo, 1km from Domodedovo, four classrooms have been acquired at the Volamir Business Centre, some 4km away. S7 Technics also offers on-site staff training elsewhere. For instance, the training schedule for the Boeing 737 MAX was completed at Ufa.
 
At Mineralnye Vody, the aircraft painting centre reached a first significant milestone in April by completing the repainting of its 100th aircraft, 30 of which were completed in 2018, up 20% over 2017. Some 250,000 manhours, about 30,000 litres of paint and 60,000 litres of accompanying chemicals (solvents, paint removers, and so on), as well as more than 300,000 abrasive disks have been used since the centre opened in 2014. The 100th aircraft was handed over to S7 Airlines after being painted with Base Coat/Clear Coat materials from PPG Aerospace (AkzoNobel paint systems are also used).
 
Russian and Kazakh airlines have been regularly using the centre to repaint their aircraft, with some 59% out of the 100 aircraft being Airbus and 24% being Boeing, others being the Sukhoi SSJ100 and Bombardier CRJ200. The number of the painting team members has almost tripled from 22 in 2014 to 60 at the beginning of 2019 and the centre has switched to a 24/7 working schedule with four shifts. The average aircraft painting time has decreased from 10 days in 2014 to 6-7 days for painting a simple scheme, and to 7-8 days for more complicated liveries.
 
One reason for the high workload is that the facility is heavily involved with lease return projects, which made the paint facility a useful addition, avoiding ferry flights for the new livery to be applied elsewhere. It also supports a range of older Soviet aircraft from Antonov, Ilyushin, Tupolev and Yakovlev as well as Kamov and Mil helicopters.
 
The company seems to be constantly looking for new avenues of business. In March, it announced that it had become a Honeywell Channel Partner for 131-9А/B and RE-220 APU used on the Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Sukhoi SSJ100. This will see the creation of a new repair facility in the European part of Russia, the first of its kind in Russia and CIS. S7 Technics will perform APU Depot Level Maintenance which is defined as total disassembly, inspection, repair, reassembly and functional test. The expected repair capacity is approximately 50 APUs per year.
 
Just a month earlier, it revealed that new equipment for the repair and sewing of interior textile elements had been installed in Domodedovo as part of the company’s broader programme for the continuous upgrading of its production facilities. This involved leather lamination equipment and a special cutting machine. This has been made worthwhile by a customer list that includes Alrosa, Pobeda Airlines, Rossiya Airlines, Ural Airlines and Yamal in addition to S7 Airlines.
 
Alongside the upgrading of production facilities, it is also looking at improved performance. It introduced AMOS from SWISS AviationSoftware last year and is continuing to introduce lean production tools into its work activities. With the involvement of external consultants, the company has established a Lean Basic course for initial training, in which more than half of the workforce have completed 90 training sessions.

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