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19.06.2017

Czech Airlines Technics enters into exclusive co-operation with Secondary school of civil aviation in Prague

Prague, 19 June 2017

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group which provides aircraft maintenance services, plans to significantly increase the number of its employees this year, by approximately 80. The increase in employee numbers is directly connected with the launch of operations of the fifth in-line base maintenance production line. CSAT wishes to fill the vacancies with the exclusive co-operation of the Secondary School of Civil Aviation in Prague. /strong>

Czech Airlines Technics is a perspective company providing aircraft maintenance services. The company has over 90 years of experience in the field and is known for its high-quality work. CSAT already employs over 760 workers but, due to the future development plans of the company, it needs to increase their number. The scholarship programme tailored to the needs of students of the Secondary School of Civil Aviation in Prague, located close to the Hangar F, should help achieve the goal.

“The lack of a qualified workforce troubles us greatly. We would like to expand, but the situation on the labour market is not exactly favourable. Therefore, we were forced to look for alternative solutions. First, we want to use the potential of Czech secondary school graduates to the maximum by turning them into future team members using our own resources,” Pavel Haleš, Chairman of the Czech Airlines Technics Board of Directors, describes the idea behind the scholarship programme launch, adding: “The school appeal has grown thanks to the fact that graduates have guaranteed jobs. The co-operation is thus mutually beneficial.”

The scholarship programme has been designed for perspective 3rd and 4th year students of the Secondary School of Civil Aviation, with specialisations in Aviation Mechanics and Electrical Engineering Mechanics. There are about 40 to 50 students of the specialisations combined in each year. “It would be ideal if about 20 scholarship programme participants were recruited from each year,” says Pavel Haleš. The operation of the 5th base maintenance production line will create about 80 new jobs.

Czech Airlines Technics will carefully select the scholarship programme participants. “We want to use the fact that we will be able to watch the potential job candidates in our company during their studies and thus review their reliability, diligence and skills - criteria in which every potential Czech Airlines Technics employee must excel,” Pavel Haleš explains.

Alongside training, students offered a place in the scholarship programme will also get an incentive scholarship. “However, the main benefit provided is a guaranteed job immediately after finishing studies. A job in a renowned company with a long-lasting tradition of providing quality MRO services. In return, we will require the students to follow their study duties, graduate in term and stay in our company for the time agreed in their job contract,” Pavel Haleš specifies the key programme criteria.


26.05.2017

Czech Airlines Technics Enters Into Nine-year Landing Gear Maintenance Agreement with Air France Group

Prague, 25 May 2017
Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group which provides aircraft maintenance services, has won a several-round tender and entered into a nine-year agreement based on which it will provide landing gear maintenance, component maintenance and lease of spare landing gear sets for Boeing B737NG to the Air France Group, namely to Transavia Airlines and Transavia France.

“Victory in such a demanding tender proves that, long-term, CSAT has provided quality work which emphasises adherence to high safety standards and deadlines as well as a flexible approach to customers,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, the sole shareholder of CSAT, said, adding: “During the nine-year term of the agreement, CSAT will perform the complete overhaul of at least 96 Boeing B737-700 and B737-800 landing gear sets.”

Czech Airlines Technics has years of experience with Boeing 737 landing gear maintenance, having provided the service for 17 years, during which it has performed 360 overhaul to entire landing gear sets. Moreover, 11 years ago, as the second MRO (Maintenance Repair Overhaul) organisation in the world, it performed a Boeing B737NG landing gear overhaul.

CSAT now has a total of four spare Boeing B737 landing gear sets: three Boeing B737NG (New Generation) sets and one Boeing B737CG (Classic Generation) set. Alongside high quality work, CSAT can take pride in one of the shortest turnaround general repair times as it takes CSAT workers 28 calendar days to complete the repair. Purchasing our own, fourth in line, spare landing gear set is the first major CSAT’s investment to be made this year, spending money on the development of its landing gear maintenance sector. Currently, B737NG landing gear general repair demand is on the rise,” Václav Řehoř said, adding: “CSAT uses three production lines for performing landing gear maintenance with an average yearly capacity of 30 Boeing B737 landing gear overhaul. The company thus provides its clients with continuous landing gear repairs.”   

CSAT provides its clients with complex services including transport of both landing gear sets and spare landing gear sets to be used on the aircraft to and from general repairs, i.e. the installation on and removal from the aircraft unless performed directly at the CSAT’s workshop.

Transavia France is a new CSAT client. CSAT will lend the carrier spare landing gear sets to ensure the uninterrupted operations of its aircraft for the time of the performance of all 19 planned landing gear general repairs.

CSAT also provides another of its Dutch clients, Transavia Airlines, with base maintenance services. The new landing gear maintenance agreement includes, alongside the maintenance and lease of spare landing gear sets and components, removal and installation of landing gear sets from/to aircraft. As CSAT provides the service using its own resources, the required aircraft downtime is significantly shortened. In addition, next to the overall decrease in costs due to the time saved, decreased transport costs are also a significant factor. Based on the agreement, CSAT will perform 32 general landing gear repairs for Transavia Airlines.      


05.10.2016

Czech Airlines Technics Extends Base Maintenance Agreement with Germania

Prague, 4 October 2016

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group which provides aircraft maintenance services, has extended its existing service agreement with Germania for five more years. CSAT thus now provides the carrier’s entire fleet with base maintenance.

“Czech Airlines Technics has provided Germania with base maintenance services since 2012. The parties have now extended their agreement for five more years with the option of automatic renewals by two-year periods. Compared to the original contract, the new agreement changes a number of conditions, primarily, it establishes CSAT as an exclusive maintenance provider for the Germania fleet,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, the sole shareholder of CSAT, said.

CSAT specialists will provide base maintenance for the carrier’s entire fleet, namely 25 aircraft comprising Boeing 737-700, Airbus A319 and Airbus A321. The agreement governs both the complex performance of all planned revisions and occasional irregular tasks, such as fixing defects and repairing damage to aircraft bodies.

“Germania is one of the 13 clients which currently use CSAT’s base maintenance services. Together with Czech Airlines, Transavia Airlines and Finnair, it is a key CSAT customer. This year, CSAT will perform 6 base maintenance revisions for Germania, while in 2017, the number will at least double,” Václav Řehoř added. 


19.09.2016

Czech Airlines Technics enters into new landing gear maintenance agreement with Travel Service

Prague, 19 September 2016

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group, which provides aircraft maintenance services, has entered into a new six-year Agreement with another Czech carrier, Travel Service. CSAT thus now provides the carrier with landing gear general repairs, lease of spare landing gear sets, exchanges of landing gear sets and repairs of selected aircraft components for the Travel Service fleet.

“Czech Airlines Technics has successfully worked with Travel Service in the area of landing gear maintenance for six years. The new agreement guarantees work for the CSAT landing gear production line for the next six years in the form of the performance of 19 Boeing 737NG (New Generation) landing gear general repairs*, the lease of spare landing gear sets for the time of duration of the general repairs, exchanges of landing gear sets and repairs of selected components for the entire Travel Service fleet,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, the sole shareholder of Czech Airlines Technics, said. 

Czech Airlines Technics has been performing landing gear maintenance for 16 years. During that time, it has completed more than 320 general repairs of entire landing gear sets. Ten years ago, as only the second MRO (Maintenance Repair Organisation) in the world, it performed the B737NG landing gear set general repair. CSAT also has three of their own spare landing gear sets for B737s, two of which are of the new generation (B737NG) and the third is of the classic generation (B737CG). The company also has one of the shortest general repair turn-around times. CSAT workers can perform a general repair in 28 calendar days. 

“Czech Airlines Technics employees have been performing landing gear general repairs and maintenance and landing gear exchanges for Travel Service since 2011, leasing spare landing gear sets from sub-contractors. During that time, 13 complete landing gear general repairs have been performed. Now, CSAT owns its own landing gear spare sets which enables better catering to its customers’ needs and better use of its capacity,” Řehoř explained. 

Alongside landing gear maintenance, Czech Airlines Technics has also provided the carrier with base maintenance since 2006, with over 70 base maintenance jobs completed during that time. CSAT further provides the carrier with structural aircraft repairs, component maintenance, composite repairs and the lease of material and tools. 

*  During the time of effect of the agreement, general repair mandatory limits as set by the manufacturer apply. General repairs are performed on a regular basis - every 10 years, based on the directive of the manufacturer (Boeing).


06.09.2016

Czech Airlines Technics enters into exclusive complex aircraft maintenance agreements with Czech Airlines

 Prague, 24. 08. 2016

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group, which provides aircraft maintenance services, has entered into four exclusive Agreements with Czech Airlines. CSAT thus now provides the carrier with complex aircraft maintenance, i.e. with both base and line maintenance as well as components maintenance and engineering. All contracts have been entered into for a limited period of time, until June 2019.

“Czech Airlines has entrusted its aircraft to the hands of Czech Airlines Technics workers since its establishment, i.e. since 1923. Having finished the restructuring process, CSAT now offers air carriers very competitive prices. By entering into the agreement, Czech Airlines has joined other air carriers, such as GERMANIA, won over by the CSAT offer. Several parameters of the new contracts signed with Czech Airlines vary from the existing contracts in significant ways. The new contracts guarantee CSAT minimum work volumes ordered by Czech Airlines at individual product levels, define the volume and extent of the co-operation between the parties and take into account the risk of price increases in time,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, the sole shareholder of CSAT, said adding: “Pursuant to the new contracts, CSAT will provide complex aircraft maintenance for the entire Czech Airlines fleet, comprising 17 aircraft, exclusively. According to the current plans, CSAT will thus perform 15 to 20 repairs in an average a year as part of its base maintenance services.”

The Base Maintenance Agreement governs the complex performance of all planned revisions within the Czech Airlines fleet, including occasional irregular tasks, such as fixing defects and repairing damage to aircraft bodies.

The Line Maintenance Agreement includes the performance of regular checks, daily and weekly controls up to the A-Check level (the last check within line maintenance, performed based on the hours flown), fixing defects and performing additional activities connected with the aircraft technique maintenance at the Prague hub and at selected airports abroad as per Czech Airlines requests.

The Components Maintenance Agreement (maintenance of aircraft rotating parts) defines the conditions of ensuring aircraft components availability, providing their repairs and connected logistics. CSAT thus guarantees the availability of necessary components within stipulated deadlines for the entire Czech Airlines fleet, both in Prague and within the carrier’s entire network.

The Engineering Agreement covers the administration of maintenance programmes and their continued updating, follow-ups and proposals for processing new operational bulletins and directives to maintain airworthiness as well as preparation of modifications. The contract further covers planned revisions, including data archiving and certification of rotating aircraft components, reliability evaluations and drafting documentation for balancing and loading aircraft.


06.09.2016

Czech Airlines Technics to provide aircraft maintenance for Sichuan Airlines

Praha, 10. 8. 2016

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group providing aircraft maintenance services, entered into an Agreement with a fourth Chinese air carrier, Sichuan Airlines. CSAT will provide line maintenance for aircraft servicing the new direct scheduled connection between Prague and Chengdu which launches its operations on 12 August 2016. CSAT has already provided line maintenance to Sichuan Airlines charter flights during the first half of the year.


Sichuan Airlines is launching a regular direct scheduled service between Prague and Chengdu on 12 August 2016. CSAT will provide the Sichuan Airlines fleet with line maintenance of Airbus A330 which will service Prague frequenting the new route on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Service Agreement has been entered into for an unlimited period of time.

“CSAT provides maintenance to four Chinese air carriers, namely China Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines. Based on the current scheduled operations, CSAT expects to provide over 500 line maintenance jobs a year to all four Chinese carriers combined,” said Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, which is the sole shareholder of CSAT, adding: “CSAT is thus enhancing its status gained thanks also to its long-term quality work with the emphasis on pursuing high safety standards and adherence to deadlines.”

CSAT will provide Sichuan Airlines with both regular line maintenance and repairs of any defects that may occur. The regular line maintenance will include, among other jobs, inspections according to the carrier’s instructions and assistance to the crew and ground personnel with their duties on apron areas. In regards to ad-hoc maintenance, such as defect repairs which must be fixed prior to a scheduled take-off, CSAT will provide the air carrier with repairs of defects detected by the crew in flight or during ground control.


06.09.2016

Czech Airlines Technics to provide aircraft maintenance for China Eastern Airlines

Prague, 21. 6. 2016

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group, which provides aircraft maintenance services, entered into an Agreement with another Chinese air carrier, China Eastern Airlines. CSAT will thus provide line maintenance for aircraft servicing the new Prague – Shanghai route. Since September 2015, CSAT has been providing line maintenance for Hainan Airlines and its plan is to start providing the same service for Sichuan Airlines this year. 

China Eastern Airlines is launching a new regular direct scheduled service between Prague and Shanghai on 23 June 2016. From this date, CSAT will provide China Eastern Airlines with line maintenance of its Airbus A330 and, eventually, Boeing B767 and B777, arriving in Prague on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The Service Agreement was entered into for an unlimited period of time.

“China Eastern Airlines is the third Chinese air carrier with whom CSAT has a Line Maintenance Agreement. The co-operation with another Chinese airline proves that CSAT provides quality work with an emphasis on pursuing high safety standards, flexible pro-client approach and adherence to deadlines,” said Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, which is the sole shareholder of CSAT, adding: “China Eastern Airlines is the thirteenth non-European air carrier and one of the 58 contractual partners which CSAT provides with line maintenance of scheduled and non-scheduled flights.”

CSAT will provide China Eastern Airlines with both regular line maintenance and repairs of any defects that may occur. The regular line maintenance will include, among other jobs, inspections according to the carrier’s instructions and assistance to the crew and ground personnel with their duties on apron areas. In regards to ad-hoc maintenance, such as defect which must be fixed prior to a scheduled take-off, CSAT will provide the air carrier with repairs of defects detected by the crew in flight or during ground control.
 
 


06.09.2016

Czech Airlines Technics enters into aircraft maintenance agreement with Wizz Air

Prague, 10. 12. 2015

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group, which provides aircraft maintenance services, entered into an Agreement with Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe. CSAT now provides line maintenance for the carrier’s aircraft based at Václav Havel Airport Prague.

“We have been providing line maintenance for Wizz Air since December 2012. Effective November 2015, the carrier has had an agreement directly with Czech Airlines Technics, proving that CSAT provides quality work with an emphasis on pursuing high safety standards, adherence to deadlines and a flexible approach to clients,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, the sole shareholder of CSAT, said adding: “Wizz Air has joined the portfolio of 45 contracted partners of Czech Airlines Technics line maintenance.”

The Agreement with Wizz Air regarding the line maintenance of Airbus 320 Family aircraft was entered into for five years, i.e. until October 2020.

CSAT will provide Wizz Air with both regular line maintenance and repairs of any defects that may occur. The regular line maintenance will include, among other jobs, inspections according to the carrier’s instructions. In regards to ad-hoc maintenance, such as defect repairs which must be fixed prior to a scheduled take-off, CSAT will provide the air carrier with repairs of defects detected by the crew in flight or during ground control.


06.09.2016

Czech Airlines Technics to provide aircraft maintenance for Hainan Airlines

Prague, 21. 9. 2015

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group, which provides aircraft maintenance services, entered into an Agreement with the Chinese air carrier, Hainan Airlines. CSAT will provide line maintenance for aircraft servicing the new Prague – Beijing route.


Hainan Airlines is launching a new regular direct scheduled service between Prague and Beijing on 23 September 2015. From this date, CSAT will provide Hainan Airlines’ fleet with line maintenance. The Service Agreement regarding maintenance of Boeing 767 and Airbus 330 aircraft was entered into for an unlimited period of time.

“Hainan Airlines is the tenth non-European air carrier with whom we now have a Line Maintenance Agreement,” said Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, which is the sole shareholder of CSAT, adding: “The co-operation with the Chinese air carrier proves that Prague has a lot to offer to airlines, including a perspective company providing aircraft repair and maintenance. Czech Airlines Technics takes pride in its 90 years of experience, quality work with an emphasis on pursuing high safety standards and adherence to deadlines. In addition to line maintenance, the company is currently increasing its base maintenance line and is in the process of hiring new employees. The prosperity and growth of the company confirm that aviation business in the Czech Republic is headed in the right direction.”

CSAT will provide Hainan Airlines with both regular line maintenance and repairs of any defects that may occur. The regular line maintenance will include, among other jobs, inspections according to the carrier’s instructions and assistance to the crew and ground personnel with their duties on apron areas. In regards to ad-hoc maintenance, such as defect repairs which must be fixed prior to a scheduled take-off, CSAT will provide the air carrier with technical facilities, tools and special equipment available. CSAT will not only store spare parts and equipment for the carrier, but provide parking spots and hangar stands for its aircraft as well.


06.09.2016

Czech Airlines Technics receives European AEO certificate

Prague, 17. 9. 2015

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group which provides aircraft technical maintenance services, has received the AEO Certificate (Authorised Economic Operator), granted by the European Commission to reliable, financially stable economic subjects familiar with customs compliance. CSAT has thus prevented any potential impact of the announced legislative change pursuant to which only reviewed and certified companies will be able to use simplified customs procedures in the future.


CSAT has received the type C of the AEO Certificates (the AEOC) which allows its holder to use simplified customs procedures across the European Union. CSAT is now allowed to use the AEO logo, which it will start using when in contact with its customers and business partners, but, more importantly, to keep enjoying the following customs-related benefits:

  • Easier access to customs simplifications
  • Fewer physical and document inspections
  • Priority control upon risk-analysis-based inspections
  • Ability to request that a control is performed at a specific location
  • Option to forego security deposits for customs debt

“Czech Airlines Technics, as a certified entity, can now be recognised as a reliable company in terms of competition, which can help facilitate new business partnerships and increase their commercial value,” said Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Czech Aeroholding Board of Directors, adding: “This is a clear signal for our customers that Czech Airlines Technics adheres to safety and focuses on high quality standards of its services.”

The AEO Certificate prerequisites  comprise of providing information about the company, adherence to customs requirements, a satisfactory system of business, and potentially, transport record keeping to allow for customs inspections, proof of solvency and compliance with the relevant norms of safety and security.

AEO Certificates are issued for an unlimited period of time. “Consecutively, upon ensuring compliance with the strict safety requirements, Czech Airlines Technics will apply for the AEO-F Certificate – Customs Simplification/Security and Safety,” Václav Řehoř added.

AEO Certificates (Authorised Economic Operator), granted by EU customs authorities, were designed to support the implementation of amended EU customs regulations related to foreign trade security measures. The only competent Czech customs office, authorised to issue, revoke or temporarily suspend AEO Certificates, is the Customs Office for the South-Bohemian Region with its seat in České Budějovice.
AEO Certificates facilitate simplified procedures for both certified operators and customs offices across the European Union. Since the Certificates are only issued to reliable and financially stable economic subjects experienced in customs proceedings, they provide both Czech Customs and other EU Customs with certain guarantees. As a result, the certified entities are held in high regard.    

Currently, there are 3 types of Certificates:

  • AEOC – Customs Simplifications AEO Certificate
  • AEOS – Security and Safety AEO Certificate
  • AEOF – Customs Simplification/Security and Safety Certificate