FL Technics has finished a two-year long business development project. During the period of project implementation, the company says it invested almost EUR 6 million ( into high tech maintenance equipment and creating more than 200 new jobs in the company’s MRO centre in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Following the successful implementation of the project, the company has significantly optimized its processes, both time- and resource-wise. For instance, the recent procurement of a radio-controlled aircraft tug and a fork lift allowed FL Technics to speed up the relevant processes by at least an hour, as well as reduce the number of workforce engaged in the associated tasks by 6 times, leading to a more productive redistribution of human resources. Meanwhile, the acquisition of a ground power unit has enabled the company to provide in-house power supply for aircraft on the ramp, and thus eliminated the need to buy respective services from the airport.
“During the course of the past two years FL Technics has been actively focusing on the streamlining of its processes, hence the technological focus of the long-term investment. Needless to say, this has also greatly facilitated the on-going gradual implementation of LEAN philosophy,” comments Martynas Grigalavicius, the Head of FL Technics aircraft maintenance base in Kaunas. “After all, despite the fact that the European market already boasts well-established MRO infrastructure, there is still a clear demand for cost-effectiveness and flexible base maintenance solutions. Our ultimate goal is to never cease to improve our ability to deliver exactly that.”
The investment has significantly expanded the capabilities of the company’s MRO centre in Kaunas. The centre is capable of serving all major types of modern narrow- and wide-body aircraft, including Boeing 747 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The MRO base has already created jobs for 219 aviation professionals, including aircraft mechanics, engineers and other aviation technical personnel. Having started in August 2013, the project was partially funded from the EU structural funds.