Caerdav has signed a new heavy maintenance agreement with Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, Ryanair, to carry out work on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft at its modern MRO facility in St. Athan.
The first aircraft are expected to arrive at Caerdav’s 130,000 sq ft ‘Twin Peaks’ facility in the winter, where they will undergo both routine and non-routine maintenance after a busy summer schedule.
Ryanair’s Director of Operations, Neal McMahon, said: “Our 5-year growth plan will grow our fleet to over 600 aircraft and we are pleased to announce this agreement with Caerdav to conduct maintenance at their modern MRO facility in Cardiff this winter.
“This agreement will allow Ryanair to utilise two heavy maintenance slots, with aircraft coming in nose to tail for the upcoming winter season. Caerdav has an excellent reputation for a quality service offering in the industry and we are pleased to be announcing this new deal. This agreement will ensure that Ryanair has flexibility as to where it places its aircraft for the winter maintenance season.”
As one of the UK’s only truly independent MROs Caerdav’s ability to provide a flexible solution to meet Ryanair’s maintenance requirements was key to the deal. With LEAN-focused processes and a growing team of dedicated and skilled engineers, the company’s facility is ramping up to accommodate the influx of aircraft.
Richard Pitts-Robinson, Head of Commercial at Caerdav, says: “We are delighted that Ryanair has felt they can put their trust in Caerdav. As a team we take great pride in offering our customers a world-beating service, and to be able to demonstrate this to an airline the size of Ryanair is very exciting indeed – we’re looking forward to welcoming the first aircraft into St. Athan.”
Caerdav is able to provide full Part-145 maintenance, repair and overhaul services for a variety of aircraft types in addition to the Boeing 737, including the 757 and 767, as well as the Airbus 320 family. The company’s facilities feature temperature-controlled hangar space and backshops for machining, welding, painting, composite repair and non-destructive testing.
With a fleet of more than 600 aircraft in operation, Ryanair will have the ability to carry 160 million passengers a year.
Notes to editor:
Caerdav is a fully-approved and certified MRO and pilot training company based at the St Athan – Cardiff Airport Aerospace Enterprise Zone in South Wales, United Kingdom.
Operating from a former RAF maintenance base equipped with 6,000ft ILS runway and parking for up to 20 narrow-bodied airliners, Caerdav specialises in MRO work for Airbus 320s and Boeing 737s, and provides complete training for airline pilots and cabin crew.