IAI and Aviatic Partner to Create Aircraft Maintenance Center in Lithuania

IAI and Aviatic MRO UAB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with for cooperation in establishing an aircraft maintenance center at the Siauliai Airport, Lithuania. The new site will provide aircraft maintenance and overhaul services, the conversion of B737NG passenger airplanes into cargo configuration and the training, certification and licensing of personnel. Aviatic will run the maintenance center and will support the interaction with the Lithuanian regulators, including planning and infrastructure development.

The new center will be called Aviatic MRO and is expected to start operating in 2022 in a hangar that will allow the performance of all MRO jobs immediately after opening

“IAI is a long-standing player in the aircraft maintenance category with an excellent reputation accumulated over many years,” IAI EVP and general manager of Aviation Group, Yossi Melamed, commented. “The new center will create a professional and commercial anchor for aircraft maintenance in Lithuania. It is strategically located near some of the busiest air transport hubs in the world. Signing the collaboration MOU with Aviatic at a time the aviation market is experiencing the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic testifies to IAI’s aviation expertise and the strong confidence our worldwide customers have in us.”

Dmitrij Cheliadin, Aviatic MRO Board Member, added: “We are glad that IAI has trusted the high-quality specialists, strategically convenient location of Siauliai International Airport and prospects of future growth – the features we offer at Aviatic MRO. This is a big achievement to Lithuania’s sector of aviation and a special acknowledgment of the effort we have already dedicated to this project and can only hope that this partnership will only grow stronger in the near future. In the meantime, we are preparing the needed infrastructure at SQQ.”