AEROSTAR S.A. – a Romanian aerospace company – announced that its new commercial aircraft MRO hangar at Iasi International Airport (IAS) in northeast Romania is ready to welcome customers.
During August 2020, the investment in the new hangar was completed as well as receipt of the necessary approvals from the airworthiness authorities for the management and execution of commercial aviation MRO activities for Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 aircraft families.
The new three-bay MRO hangar is part of the AEROSTAR’s EASA Part-145 maintenance base and is a new work location for the company.
The new hangar has an area of 8,400 sqm and will be the work place for more than 100 engineers and technicians.
The new facility lies 130km north of AEROSTAR’s existing business operations at Bacau where the two existing dedicated hangars provide seven aircraft bays. It is based on the second hangar in Bacau but AEROSTAR has used its experience to optimize the design further, with three doors for easy aircraft movement and back shops attached to the hangar along with a small machine shop.
During 2019 Aerostar recorded a number of Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 heavy checks with more than 100 aircraft passing through its Bacau facility for C- and D-checks.
The first aircraft input in Iasi comes from long-standing customer Pegasus Airlines of Turkey. It is an Airbus A320neo (LEAP-1A) aircraft, registration TC-NBC.
Pegasus Airlines has a growing presence in Romania and, in 2018, AEROSTAR performed Europe’s first base maintenance inspection on an A320 Neo (LEAP 1A) aircraft.
AEROSTAR has also increased its capabilities and experience for the installation of STC modifications, including the Airconnect Global Satellite Connectivity System from Global Eagle and ACARS Datalink Systems Installations.
In parallel with the hangar development, AEROSTAR is continuing to provide training courses to license the personnel under Part-145 and to complete the Part-66 authorizations that will allow them to certify the release to service of an aircraft after maintenance, both for Bacau and the new center in Iasi.