At the beginning of December 2022, the Latvian national airline airBaltic performed the scheduled A-Check technical maintenance and engine replacement for an Airbus A220-300 aircraft of the Reunionese carrier Air Austral.
The work was done by a team of 10 airBaltic technicians, and it was the first time that such maintenance was performed for an aircraft of another airline.
“Since 2016, when Air Baltic used the Airbus A220-300 for its operations, our technicians have performed almost 300 A-Checks and many other maintenance tasks of varying complexity. Years of practice and experience speak for themselves and justify their goals, including the ability to offer our maintenance services to other airlines worldwide. We are delighted that Air Austral is entrusting its aircraft to our professionals, as in aviation safety is the number one priority,” said Andris Vaivads, senior vice president of technical operations at the Latvian airline.
The A-Check is a complex of tasks, covering general inspections of the interior and the aircraft hull for evidence of, for example, damage, deformation, corrosion, missing parts. Additionally, it also includes function checks and servicing of all aircraft systems.
The A-Check is performed approximately every 400–850 flight hours, or every 200–300 flights, depending on aircraft type. Such maintenance is typically done at a hangar and can take a minimum of 10 working hours depending on the services needed.
In 2019 airBaltic became the first airline in the world obtaining a full scope EASA Part-145 Line Maintenance and Base Maintenance capability for Airbus A220-300 type aircraft.
In addition, the Latvian carrier is an all-A220 operator with a current fleet of 36 A220-300s out of the 50 expected.