The national carrier of Finland, Finnair, has signed on Magnetic MRO, who will oversee the complete paintwork, refurbishment and base maintenance on the airline’s fleet of 12 ATR 72 aircraft.
Work on the first aircraft was completed at Magnetic MRO’s Tallinn hangars and delivered back to the airline on 8 May. The project is slated for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2020.
Commenting on the contract, Kaspars Podins, Magnetic MRO’s operations manager, said: “By taking up the large-scale project, Magnetic MRO has once again proven that we are a great partner for providing a full package of total technical care solutions with a high-level quality for our customers, starting from the design bundle for cabin modification and full refurbishment, all the way to external livery change and maintenance tasks.”
Podins went on to add that as part of the ATR transformation project, the aircraft’s exterior and interior design will be updated with more modern aesthetics and comforts, all the while meeting Finnair’s standards.
“Magnetic MRO is honoured to be a part of Finnair’s success story and we hope to work with the company side by side in their future efforts,” he concluded.
As per the agreement, the MRO service provider will complete a full interior refurbishment for each ATR aircraft, while also updating the livery to match Finnair’s colours.
It was reported by Magnetic MRO that the project is the first instance that the company is providing base maintenance for ATR type aircraft.
Sharing his own viewpoint on the agreement, Juha Ojala, Finnair’s head of Engineering, said: “Finnair and MMRO have over 15 years of excellent partnership on ATR and A320 maintenance.
"Magnetic MRO is perfectly located close to our main base Helsinki and their recent process development, especially on aircraft painting, convinced us on their ability to manage the whole fleet wide modification program within agreed time schedule at high quality and competitive cost.”