Magnetic Line and MIAT Mongolian Airlines Form a Partnership in FRA

We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our company as we have officially entered into a partnership with MIAT Mongolian Airlines, marking the beginning of an exciting collaboration. 

MIAT Mongolian Airlines, Mongolia’s national carrier, boasts a distinguished reputation in the aviation world. Their state-of-the-art B787 aircraft, which connect Mongolia to various global destinations, require top-tier maintenance services to ensure safe and reliable operations. 

With Magnetic Line’s proven track record, exemplified by our dedicated team (pre covid) in Berlin TXL, the management of MIAT Mongolian Airlines had no hesitation in choosing Magnetic Line once again for their support in Frankfurt. Our history of delivering exceptional maintenance solutions made the decision straightforward. As we embark on this partnership, we are fully prepared to address MIAT Mongolian Airlines’ requirements and exceed their expectations. 

This partnership is not only a testament to our commitment to delivering excellence but also a stepping stone towards further growth and innovation in the industry.

Royal Jordanian Airlines Expands to FRA

We are delighted to announce the exciting news that Royal Jordanian Airlines is expanding its agreement with us from Berlin (BER) to Frankfurt (FRA). This expansion signifies the growing partnership between our companies and reflects the trust and confidence that Royal Jordanian has placed in our services.

The decision to extend the agreement to FRA is a testament to the successful collaboration and the exceptional service we have provided to Royal Jordanian at BER. We are proud of the strong relationship we have built with Royal Jordanian, and we are thrilled to continue supporting their operations at another key location.

This expansion is just the beginning, as we look forward to further expanding our partnership with Royal Jordanian in the near future, with additional stations (e.g. DUS) planned to be included. We are dedicated to delivering outstanding service, maintaining operational excellence, and exceeding the expectations of our valued partner.

We are grateful for the trust Royal Jordanian has placed in us and are committed to continuing our partnership’s success. We look forward to the opportunities and growth that lie ahead as we strengthen our collaboration.

Meet the team: Merel Simmelink

In this interview, we had the opportunity to speak with Merel Simmelink, HR Specialist at Magnetic Line, about her journey into the aviation business and her experiences within the organization. She shared her key goals in supporting colleagues worldwide, her personal and professional growth ambitions, as well as her hobbies outside of work.

How did your aviation career start? What was your experience prior to joining Magnetic Line, a member of Magnetic Group?

My aviation career started when I joined Magnetic Line (then Direct Maintenance) in November 2021. I came in not knowing much about the business, but I have been able to learn a lot from people in various roles who are happy to share their experiences. This has made it a very pleasant journey within Magnetic Line so far for me – so a big shoutout to all Magnetic Line colleagues!

What are the key goals of your work?

My main goal is to build connections with all of our colleagues around the world and support them where I can within the scope of my HR role. Furthermore, I, of course, support my HR colleagues in various processes and also get to lead different projects. A big help for us will be the implementation of our personnel system BambooHR.

A more personal goal of mine is to develop my knowledge of international HR even further. Also, I am always looking for ways to develop myself. This is why I am very happy to be taking part in the leadership program at Magnetic. I am very thankful for this opportunity and excited about what lies ahead.

Besides work, what are your hobbies?

I love being creative, so in my free time, I like to sew, paint, draw and much more. It offers a nice change of pace in regard to the work I do on the daily. Besides that, I love being out in nature; in the summer, you can often find me on the water on my paddleboard.

And a bonus question – what are your top destinations to travel to?

I still have much of the world to discover, so instead, I will name the destinations I would love to visit. High on my list is the Zion National Park in Utah, USA. Additionally, I would like to see more of (East) Africa. After visiting our station in Mombasa last year, I have been wanting to go back and see more of the continent.

Meet the team: Jekaterina Piskunova

In this interview, we speak with the Finance Director of Magnetic Line, Jekaterina Piskunova, who has been working with Magnetic Group for almost three years. She discusses her biggest achievements so far and her main goals for integrating financial processes and improving financial information visibility for the Magnetic Line team. Additionally, we learn about her hobbies and favourite travel destinations.

How long have you worked at Magnetic Group? 

I have been working with Magnetic Group for almost three years. I started my journey in Magnetic during the most intense Covid crisis, which was an interesting and turbulent time. Stepping into an aviation company during one of the aviation industry’s worst crises may appear to be an opportunistic decision, but I was more than confident that the Magnetic Group team would emerge victorious, and so they did.

What have been your biggest achievements so far?

My primary goal was and continues to be to offer qualitative management accounting information to decision-makers, including our management and shareholders. One of my biggest achievements was making management reporting more transparent and efficient by transitioning from manually filled Excel spreadsheets to the BI tool Qlik. Our most critical financial data is now available online for all our business unit managers, Magnetic Group management, as well as for our shareholders.

I am keen on improving financial processes in addition to increasing the quality of information. We have made significant progress in making group financial data clearer and more transparent in recent years.

What will be your main goals as Magnetic Line Finance Director? 

One of my main goals is to integrate Magnetic Line’s financial processes with best practices, which are already implemented on a group level. I see a lot of possibilities for automating financial reporting through the use of BI tool capabilities and other technical solutions. My goal is to make financial information visible and clear to the Magnetic Line team, including management, operation leads, and station managers. I will also significantly contribute to improving the quality of financial information so that we can make sound data-driven judgments.

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy travelling and hiking. Spending time in the open air with my family gives me a lot of energy.

What are your top destinations to travel to?

I am a total sea person, as I was born and raised in Tallinn. When I travel, I usually go to places near the seaside. My most recent and most memorable trip was to the Amalfi coast, where I spent three days hiking and exploring the area with only a backpack, using local transportation (buses and ferries).

Meet the team: Victoria Goodenough

We had the pleasure of speaking with Victoria Goodenough, the Head of Business Development at Magnetic Line, whose experience spans across various roles and countries. In this interview, we’ll learn more about how her aviation career began, her experience working at Magnetic Line, as well as her goals for the future. We’ll also look into the challenges she faces in her line of work and her interests outside of work, including her hobbies and travel preferences. 

How did your aviation career start? What was your experience prior to joining Direct Maintenance, newly known as Magnetic Line, a member of Magnetic Group? 

Growing up in Germany on Royal Air Force bases and hearing Tornado jets fly overhead sparked my interest in aviation even as a young kid. When I was a teenager, I also received a flying scholarship. However, I didn’t begin working in the aviation industry until I relocated to Malta and had the chance to work as a key account manager for Lufthansa Technik. I spent six years there, which included a move to a role in product sales where I was responsible for the base maintenance needs of African customers. I then transferred to SR Technics, another big MRO, and from there to Direct Maintenance. I’ve recently begun dividing my time between the line maintenance business and the group’s other projects.

Moving from Direct Maintenance to Magnetic Line – what are the future perspectives? Will there be any changes in your line of work? 

Along with assisting with Wheels and Brakes, Plug in workshop, PBH sales, and my business development in Magnetic Line, I already collaborate closely with other Business Units in the group. I do anticipate that customers will require flexible solutions that span multiple business units, and I am already considering how we might serve some customers with multiple products or services or expand what we do to provide services to new types of customers. I would love to see more integration and collaboration to offer customers the best-tailored services possible. Additionally, I see cross-business unit cooperation going beyond sales and even to shared operational and business performance excellence.

What are the main challenges in your line of work? 

There are a lot. Line maintenance is a dynamic business, and we have chosen to work on many improvement projects, which I enjoy tackling. Sometimes stepping out of the ‘old’ way of thinking, to challenge the way we do things and be open to change is difficult, but under the new flag of Magnetic Line, we will witness a strong momentum for change and advancement.

What are your key goals for this year in your work? 

My goal is to create opportunities for the business units I support to collaborate by initiating joint projects and new initiatives. On a personal level, I am keen on taking up more improvement projects within the management team of Magnetic Line to exchange experiences and ideas that can help us ‘level up’ our business operations.

Besides work, what are your hobbies? 

I wish I had more time for hobbies; in addition to being a taxi driver to my budding ‘sports star’ daughter, I recently took on two rescue puppies and now spend much time walking and training them. It seems to be progressing well, but it certainly takes a lot of patience. I do enjoy snowboarding in the winter and some gardening over the spring and summer.

And a bonus question – what are your top destinations to travel to? 

I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in various countries, including the United States, Japan, and Europe, and to travel extensively across Asia and Central America. As a regional sales manager for Africa, I also had the chance to visit several African countries, such as Mauritius, Ethiopia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and more, so it’s hard to choose a favorite. However, I would say that one of my favorite trips was driving the garden route from Durban to Cape Town and back in South Africa roughly 20 years ago. Today, I still enjoy travelling to South Africa for work as it is such a beautiful country with a mix of cultures, a true rainbow nation with pretty much everything you can ask for – great food, wine, scenery, wildlife and exceptionally welcoming people. I highly recommend it!

Magnetic Group Rebrands Direct Maintenance as Magnetic Line

Magnetic Group, a fast-growing aviation company, is delighted to announce that Direct Maintenance has been rebranded as Magnetic Line. This rebranding is part of Magnetic Group’s overarching strategy to unify all its businesses under a single brand – Magnetic – and streamline its products and services under one easily recognizable name.

Direct Maintenance has been an integral part of Magnetic Group since March 2019, offering line maintenance services to clients around the world. The rebranding will not affect the range of services provided or the team’s composition, which will continue to deliver the same exceptional quality and dependability as before.

Jan Kotka, COO of Magnetic Group and Acting Manager of Magnetic Line, expressed confidence that the new structure and expanding business would have a positive impact on collaboration. “Our group’s mission is to ‘help aviation to help the world,'” he explained. “Together, we can achieve even greater heights! We are passionate about our work, and we believe our new name and structure reflect that passion.”

As Mandeep Rana, Head of Sales at Magnetic Line, aptly put it, “A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what consumers tell each other it is.” The Magnetic Line rebranding demonstrates Magnetic Group’s commitment to keeping pace with the changing times and catering to the evolving needs of its customers.

Magnetic Line is a certified line maintenance service provider, holding EASA Part-145 covering over 70 aircraft-engine combinations, including A320NEO, A350-900/1000, A380, B737 MAX, B747-8 and B787 in 27 different locations in Europe and Africa.

Meet the Team: Sebastian Schumacher

Sebastian Schumacher, Station Manager at Frankfurt, has been into aviation since he was a little boy. How did he end up in Direct Maintenance and what are the main challenges in his work now? Get to know Sebastian better as he answered these and a few other questions for our Meet The Team feature!

What was your path that led to aviation? How did you end up working at Direct Maintenance?

Since I was a little boy back in the 90s, while watching the B747, Galaxys and Airbuses landing in FRA, I was sure to work in the aviation industry. After more than 20 years with Lufthansa Technik, becoming a CAT B1 engineer, Shift Supervisor in the Line Maintenance Customer Department, Technical Expert on the Lufthansa MCC and working on several Airbus A380 and A350 projects, I decided to go back to the Line Maintenance Business at my „private homebase“ FRA.

What did you know about Direct Maintenance before you joined the company?

The brand „Direct Maintenance“ is well known in the Line Maintenance business. Happy customers and a very informative public relation media style from Magnetic Group and Direct Maintenance were well known. Also, running several stations in Europe and Africa, and handling a lot of well-known customers.

What was your impression of the company when you joined?

Coming from a very big MRO, I was looking forward to joining a smaller company just focusing on the Line Maintenance business only. Always receiving answers to my questions, and getting feedback in a very short time, which I really like. From the management to Finance, QA, HR, Sales, Station managers and engineers, of course, everybody within the company is very helpful. I feel the spirit of the company to have a solution to a problem without talking about it for too long.

What are the main challenges in your line of work, and how you’re handling them?

Becoming a station manager and opening a new station within just a few weeks was a big challenge. Keep the station running with staff planning, and relief planning to keep the quality standards of Direct Maintenance and the daily business with our customers is next. But in the end, it´s all about teamwork. The mindset „to think out of the box“ is very important for all of us. 

What would be the main achievement for you in your line of work?

To keep the station FRA running smoothly with the nice colleagues, I already have and getting more customers would be the main achievement for me right now.

Besides work, what are your hobbies and interests?

Besides aviation, my hobbies and interests are football, playing guitar and scale modeling. 

What is your go-to destination to travel to?

As a relief engineer and flight spanner, I saw the world. Sometimes my family was traveling with me. Besides these duty and holiday travels, I prefer to enjoy my days off on our small german island named Langeoog.

Direct Maintenance kicks-off line maintenance Support for FedEx Express in Nairobi, Kenya

Direct Maintenance, a Certified Line Maintenance Service Provider, member of Magnetic Group, announced the recent line maintenance support agreement between the company and FedEx Express, world’s largest express transportation company, at Nairobi Airport, Kenya. 

The recent agreement is both the first for Direct Maintenance and FedEx Express in Nairobi, and for the Direct Maintenance stations network, primarily focusing on transit checks for the B777 freighter.

“It has been a dream to work with the FedEx team and their support in the set-up phase has been phenomenal. To witness both our local Nairobi team and the FedEx teams working together to ensure a smooth set up has been exceptional, despite some delays we faced as a result of travel restrictions to Africa at the beginning of the year,” shared Victoria Goodenough, Head of Business Development at Direct Maintenance.

Daniel de Dardel, NBO, DAR and JRO Station Manager at Direct Maintenance, added that, “We at Direct Maintenance and the Nairobi station are very pleased to have been chosen by FedEx Express. We are looking forward to a great partnership. In addition, the FedEx team did a marvellous job introducing us to their maintenance system and aircraft handling – we could not be happier to welcome them to Nairobi!”

“Collaborating with new partners and investing in our collective future is how we deliver what’s next. Every relationship – big or small – is important to us, and to the team members who proudly deliver outstanding results”, Managing Director GSP and Direct-Serve Operations; Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Zaid Khammash.

MAGNETIC GROUP keeps the aviation business running with its suite of products for airlinesMROs, manufacturers and asset owners, and its business is divided into four distinctive sectors:

MAGNETIC CREATIVE provides design and manufacturing services, both aircraft interior and exterior parts. MAGNETIC ASSETS provides aircraft with engines, landing gears leasing, engine transportation stands and spare parts and components solutions. MAGNETIC MAINTENANCE provides aircraft line maintenance, base maintenance and aircraft engine maintenance repair and management. MAGNETIC TALENTS sector offers a full range of engineering and CAMO services and various industry-related EASA Part-147 training. 

Direct Maintenance and Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport join forces with a new commercial aircraft storage solution

Direct Maintenance, member of Magnetic Group, the certified line maintenance service provider, holding EASA Part-145 covering over 70 aircraft-engine combinations and Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport, (EDON) a special purpose airport, located one hour to the east of Berlin, close to the town of Neuhardenberg, have recently announced the launch of a new commercial aircraft storage solution.

The storage solution consists of:

  • Parking space for up to 17 narrow-body aircraft 
  • Parking space for up to 10 wide-body aircraft B787 / A330
  • Hangar availability for aircraft size Boeing 737, Airbus A320
  • EASA/FAA and other approvals
  • CAMO support available
  • On site crew hotel
  • 2.400 m x 50 m concrete runway
  • Load capacity and surfacing PCN 53
  • Highly secure facility, dedicated ramp area for aircraft storage
  • 24 hour operating license
  • Convenient central European location

“Direct Maintenance has a very strong presence in the Berlin area where we provide line maintenance support for a number of commercial airlines. Aircraft storage and CAMO is an important and growing part of our business and the opportunity to grow this area of our business in Berlin at Neuhardenberg Airport, where we can expand further into offering more wide-body and narrow-body storage, plus airframe and engine support is something we consider to be well received by commercial airlines, leasing companies and across the wider aerospace sector,” shared Victoria Goodenough, Head of Business Development at Direct Maintenance.

“Berlin Neuhardenberg Airport is excited to collaborate with Direct Maintenance to grow our commercial aircraft storage business together. We see the success Direct Maintenance has had in other locations with similar facilities and look forward to sharing further success  together. With a location close to Berlin and BER airport, combined with Direct Maintenance quality and expertise, we believe we offer a solution together with is  something special for our customers,” added Andre Morrall, Director Business Development at Neuhardenberg Airport.

Currently, Direct Maintenance covers over 70 aircraft combinations, including A320NEO, A350-900/1000, A380, B737 MAX, B747-8 and B787 in 27 different locations in Europe and Africa.

The state of Line Maintenance industry

Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider and member of Magnetic Group, has been successfully navigating the industry’s demand by opening new stations and adding new services to its portfolio. Undoubtedly, this success requires great industry knowledge and agility while tackling the upcoming challenges. Thus, to learn valuable tips and insights about the Line Maintenance industry, we sought expert help and interviewed Kaspars Podins, Head of the Production at Direct Maintenance. 

What are the recent challenges the Line Maintenance team is tackling? What takeaways do we have so far?

Like any MRO today, the most significant challenges are labour shortages and the procurement of highly skilled workers. Especially after the Covid-19 year, engineers had limited working options to keep their skills up to date due to the reduced flights by airlines, closing stations, etc. 

Also, the Aviation MRO industry has already started this year to be ‘chained’ by a lack of maintenance engineers and mechanics, leading to an increase in maintenance costs by MRO, which is inevitably reflected in the final costs incurred by airlines.

In tackling the issue, the answer lies with enhanced optimization practices and processes within MRO and the implementation of advanced software solutions.

All the world is going towards digitalization and automation – but aviation still seems to be old-school, and line maintenance seems relatively unchanged. How is it from the inside? Are there any innovations being deployed?

In Direct Maintenance, we have developed an internal process that allows daily monitoring of our stations and business data, reacting in real-time without holding extensive meetings and discussions.

Moreover, for Direct Maintenance adopting new practices and revising processes are top priorities. Besides, implementing newer technologies is on the list of our priorities. Changes are always constant, as continuous improvements are Magnetic Group’s proactive approach. New developments will happen within the organization in the upcoming few years.

What services are in demand currently? What influences the demand (maybe, for example, parking currently, or other?)

Direct Maintenance is continuously participating in airline tenders. Today’s highest demand is for maintenance services. Consequently, we focus on quality services in our current stations and opening line maintenance stations in new countries. Also, continued demand is for aircraft parking/storage services with re-delivery or transition packages. 

On top of this, Direct Maintenance is performing Ferry Flight support to customers in challenging regions under strict restrictions. 

As European countries have different regulations and never-ending changes to restrictions, airlines are now using the opportunities to establish routes, and MRO must be ready to provide line maintenance services.

What are the key things to consider when setting up a new station? What are the further expansion plans for Direct, including new stations?

For a professional MRO, it is necessary to adapt to customer requests and allocate available maintenance personnel and tooling based on demand. Thus, high importance lies in adapting to the new standard on short notice. Overall, the key takeaways are the exact processes in place, the ability to adapt to any changes, a proactive approach, and high discipline. With all listed, everything is feasible.

Regarding the expansion plans, we are currently expanding in Nordic countries. These plans are solely based on customer demand. Other projects will come along from 2023 onwards.

Interview with Sebastian Schumacher, Maintenance Manager of FRA

In the past several months, Direct Maintenance had exciting developments in Germany. One of them is the line maintenance station opening in Frankfurt Airport (FRA). Thus, while the station is up and running, we took a chance to interview Sebastian Schumacher, the maintenance manager of Frankfurt station. Indeed, his contribution made FRA station opening and operations exceptionally sound. Read the interview below and learn more about Schumacher, the career path that led him to Direct Maintenance, his first impressions of the company, and more.

What was your path that led to aviation? How did you end up working at Direct Maintenance?

When I was a little boy back in the nineties, while watching the B747, Galaxy’s and Airbuses landing in Frankfurt (FRA) airport, I became certain that I wanted to seek a career in the aviation industry. This dream led me to work with Lufthansa Technik for over twenty years. First, I became CAT B1 engineer, then Shift Supervisor in the Line Maintenance Customer Department; after that, I was promoted to Technical Expert on the Lufthansa Multi-Crew Cooperations (MCC), working on several Airbus A380 and A350 projects. Nevertheless, after a few decades with Lufthansa Technik, I decided to return to the Line Maintenance Business at my loved “private home base” in Frankfurt, FRA.

What did you know about Direct Maintenance before you joined the company?

No secret that the brand “Direct Maintenance” is well-known in the Line Maintenance Business. The company has happy customers, besides a very informative public relations media style from Direct Maintenance and Magnetic Group, in general, is not left unnoticed in the industry. On top of this, I was aware of several stations of Direct Maintenance in Europe and Africa that handle many prominent high-end customers.

What was your impression of the company when you joined in?

Coming from a vast MRO company, I was looking forward to joining a smaller company that focuses only on the Line Maintenance business. In Direct Maintenance, I received answers to my questions from the beginning and got helpful feedback in no time. I appreciate it. From the management to Finance, Quality Assurance, Human Resources, Sales, managers and engineers – everybody is accommodating. Moreover, I feel the company’s spirit – they have efficient solutions to even severest problems without talking about it for way too long. 

What are the main challenges in your line of work, and how you’re handing it?

Becoming a station manager and opening a new station in just a few weeks was a big challenge for me. Now, when this is handled, keeping the station running with new staff, relief planning to maintain the high-quality standards of Direct Maintenance, and of course, the station’s daily business will be the new challenges. Nevertheless, it is all about teamwork at the end of the day, and I think we will overcome any upcoming challenges as the mindset “to think outside the box” is very important for us.

What would be the main achievement for you in your line of work?

To keep the FRA station running smoothly with the help of my colleagues and attract more customers would be my achievement objectives at the moment.

Besides work, what are your hobbies and interests?

Outside aviation, I enjoy football, playing the guitar, also scale modelling.

What is your go-to destination to travel to?

With my former employer, I had the opportunity to see the world due to being a flying engineer with the German air force, also Licensed Aircraft Engineer reliefs to other stations, including one in Amsterdam Airport (AMS), and family holidays abroad. In contrast, I prefer to go to the small German island called „Langeoog“ during my days off and annual summer vacation.

Developments in Germany: Direct Maintenance announced opening of the new Line Maintenance stations in Frankfurt and Munich

Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider, part of Magnetic MRO, announced the recent expansion within Germany with scheduled opening of two new Line Maintenance stations in Frankfurt and Munich airports.

Two new stations in Germany are the latest developments since the company has start operating  in Cologne-Bonn airport since July 1 2021. Line maintenance stations will be providing line maintenance services for variety of narrow and wide body aircraft types, including B787, A350. B777, A330, A320.  

„This year, we have been and are still busy working out our future strategic plans on developing and growing Direct Maintenance in Germany and beyond. We are confident because of the ongoing customer service success our team deliver to our clients, staged re-emerging post-pandemic flights and changes in the German market thus we are proactively expanding within the region. Also, we will continue to support our ongoing investments in our existing stations, extending our capabilities to serve more aircraft types and airlines across a network of stations. Next to Germany, we do have more and other plans across Europe and Africa, too – and we are looking forward to announce further expansion in months to come,” shared Jacco Klerk, CEO & Managing Director at Direct Maintenance.

Together with Magnetic MRO Line Maintenance, Direct Maintenance now covers over variety of aircraft and engine combinations, including A320NEO, A350-900/1000, A380, B737 MAX, B747-8 and B787 in over 20 different locations in Europe and Africa.

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