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. 

Meet the Team: Andre Vosgrau

From an early age, Andre Vosgrau, Licensed Engineer at Direct Maintenance Hamburg station, knew he would want to work close to the aircraft – thus, every day at work for him is a reminder of the dream that came true.
Get to know Andre better as he answered a few questions for our Meet The Team feature!

Andre, how did you get into aviation in the first place?

Andre Vosgrau: Almost as long as I remember, I wanted to work on the aircraft – originally, though, I wanted to become a pilot. A while back, there were very convenient pilot training programs in Germany, and I had my eyes set on one of those programs, but unfortunately, the program has been cancelled. Looking into other options, I have decided to then pursue an aviation engineer career. And that’s how I ended up studying and working at one of the MROs, and then gradually moved from working at the hangar to joining Direct Maintenance team for line maintenance services.

What would you name as the main challenges in your line of work?

AV: There are a lot of unknowns each day in our line of work – thus, you always have to be ready to react fast and be quick on your feet. This is challenging – but also probably one of the most exciting parts of my work. I enjoy that there is no monotony – and you keep on learning and improving every day.
Working as a ground engineer require a lot of training too – in the first place, if you want to take your career to the next level, you at least have to finish Type Training and On-The-Job training. It may be challenging while you’re on the job already, but I am glad here at Direct Maintenance, professional development is the priority, so I had a chance to travel to Tallinn to take training with Magnetic Training, and as a result, from the end of last year, I became Licensed Technician.

And then besides work, what are your hobbies?

AV: In my free time, I usually go out with friends, drive Go-Kart, and I am a huge fan of Formula 1, so I try to watch all races whenever possible. On top of that, I started a part-time job at a company which is doing aircraft inspections at the Airbus factory in Hamburg on behalf of their applicable customers. As dealing with aircraft is my hobby anyway, it is a nice thing to do in my free time as I get different challenges to deal with over there.

And what would be your dream destination – or favourite destination – to travel to?

AV: I have had the chance to visit many places on earth before, but Australia is a place which I have never visited yet, but I would really like to visit.

Meet the Team: Stephan Golembiewski

No day is the same as the previous one – that‘s just one of the things Stephan Golembiewski, Ground Engineer at Direct Maintenance Berlin station, enjoys in his line of work. 

Get to know Stephan better – check out his interview!

How did you end up in aviation? Tell us about the start of your aviation career?

I have been fascinated by aviation since my very first visit to the ILA (Berlin Air Show) back in 1996, although I had never flown in an airplane at that time. During my school days, I realized that I didn’t want to have a 9-to-5 job sitting at a desk all day long, so I drew the right conclusions after school, merged those preferences and started my work in aviation in 2003. To this day, I do not regret going this route!

How long have you been part of the Direct Maintenance family? What do you enjoy the most about working here? What would you name as the biggest challenge?

First 15 years of my career, I have been employed by the airline. But then the situation changed, and I found myself looking for new career opportunities. I became part of Direct Maintenance in June 2019. What I found there was a great team with open-minded people and a very positive, can-do attitude.
I also found many challenges – as a part of our business, you have to adapt to different aircraft types and different airline procedures several times a day, which can be challenging every once in a while, but at the same it, you always feel like you are learning, improving.

What do you enjoy the most in your line of work?

The best thing about my job is that no two days are the same. It offers a wide variety of activities, and you never know which the next call-in will bring to you.

And besides work, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

At this point, my family is my all-time hobby. I enjoy being at home and spending quality time with family and friends. Besides that, I enjoy travelling, reading, cycling and music. And photography, too!

What are your top destinations to travel to?

10 years ago, I did a round trip through South America, visiting Chile, Argentina and Brasil. It has been my favourite trip till now. I also enjoy the Baltic Sea during the winter season!

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.

Direct Maintenance announced the recent agreement of full line maintenance support for Hainan Airlines in Germany

Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider, member of Magnetic Group, announced the recent agreement between the company and China-based Hainan Group airlines, for a full line maintenance support in Cologne-Bonn Airport in Germany.

The recent agreement is the extension of Direct Maintenance support for Hainan Group airlines, including Hainan Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines and Lucky Air – previously, company has been providing technical support to the Customer in Berlin airport. The extended agreement now consists of the full handling of aircraft not only in Berlin Airport, but also in Cologne-Bonn as well as in Frankfurt airports. 

„Hainan group is running 12 airlines in total and is ranked as the fourth largest airlines in China – and we are glad they have entrusted full handling of their three of their airline’s aircraft. We value the partnership with each other which is not going to be limited to the cooperation at our stations in Germany – Hainan Group and DirectMaintenance are expanding more potentials down the road together,“ shared Alfrend Wang, Customer Service Manager at Direct Maintenance.

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.

Scaling up north: Direct Maintenance re-opens Line Maintenance station in Copenhagen, Denmark

Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider, member of Magnetic Group, announced the recent re-opening of the line maintenance station in Kaastrup Airport, Copenhagen (Denmark).

The line maintenance station in Copenhagen is re-opened from March this year as the next strategic step for the company’s expansion. In Copenhagen, the line maintenance station will be operated by Direct Maintenance, a member of Magnetic Group, and will provide line maintenance services for narrow-body aircraft such as ATR42/72, Embraer 170/190, B737NG/MAX and A320CEO and NEO. Soon thereafter, the station will be capable of starting handling widebodies as well, such as B777/B787/A330/A350.

„We are glad to come back to Denmark and restart our operations and support to customers here. Copenhagen station will be a long term station and will serve airlines in various segments with a wide range of services – and we believe we are the best choice for customers when selecting Direct Maintenance, a member of Magnetic Group, as a partner,” shared Mandeep Rana, Head of Sales at Direct Maintenance.

In the past few months, the company has been following its ambitious expansion plans and has announced the opening of several Line Maintenance stations in Germany, including stations in Frankfurt, Munich and Hannover airports.

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.

Direct Maintenance continues its expansion in Germany by opening new line maintenance station in Munich

Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider, part of Magnetic Group, announced the recent opening of the new Line Maintenance station in Munich Airport, Germany.

In the past few months, company has opened several Line Maintenance stations in Germany, including stations in Frankfurt and Hannover airports, making. Recently opened line maintenance station in Munich is 8thstation in Germany where company will be providing line maintenance service on various types of narrow and wide body aircraft, including A320, A330, A350, B737NG, B777 and B787. The scope of services in the station includes scheduled and unscheduled line maintenance, daily transit checks, turn around services as well as technical assistance.

„We continue developing and growing Direct Maintenance in Germany  – we notice that the flights volume is increasing and we notice changes in the German market thus we are proactively expanding within the region. In addition, we keep on working hard on the new endeavours in other locations too, thus we are looking forward to sharing latest developments in the nearest future,“ shared Jacco Klerk, Managing Director at Direct Maintenance.

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.

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.

Experience Direct Maintenance: interview with intern Vincent Mulenga

This month, we have interviewed a Direct Maintenance intern from our station in Lusaka – Vincent Mulenga. Vincent shares his first impressions about the company and memorable experiences from the internship at Direct Maintenance.

How did you end up doing an internship at Direct Maintenance?

I found out about the operations of Direct Maintenance from my former college – and using recommendation from the the college, I have joined the company as intern. And I really enjoy it as supervision is excellent!

What are your expectations what do you hope to learn during the internship?

I want to become a competent and professional Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – so I am hoping to gain as much experience as I can to reach my goal.

What is your first impression of Direct Maintenance as an employer? Did you already had some memorable moments during the internship?

I have strong feeling that Direct Maintenance is providing hight standard working conditions – and I also enjoy the pace here!

And when thinking about memorable experience, I actually had it on my first day – I did Arrival/Dispatch Headset procedure and find it all very interesting – still have fond memories of the first day!

Are there any tips you could give to others who are interested in internship opportunities at Direct Maintenance?

Once you get the opportunity to learn at work, make sure you’re very attentive to the tasks and information given by Engineers – you can learn a lot from them!

 

Direct Maintenance expansion in Africa: station re-opened in Kilimanjaro to serve Edelweiss

Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider, part of Magnetic Group, announced the restart of their Line Maintenance activites in Africa with the recent re-opening of the Line Maintenance station in Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. The Line Maintenance station was launched due to the maintenance service agreement between Direct Maintenance and Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leading leisure travel airline.

Direct Maintenance will be providing line maintenance services  for airline’s A340 fleet in both Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport  in Zanzibar (ZNZ), and will be performing daily checks , weekly checks and transit checks.

„When thinking about the expansion, we are focusing not only on Europe, but also in Africa – and the latest agreement with Edelweiss which lead to the establishment of permanent line maintenance station in Kilimanjaro is a good example of our continuous efforts to scale up in the region. I am very pleased that Edelweiss has decided to trust their fleet to our skilled professionals not only in Tanzania, but also in Zanzibar – and we are looking forward to a long-term relationship,“ shared Mandeep Rana, Head of Sales at Direct Maintenance.

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.

Experience Direct Maintenance: interview with intern Max Didden

This month, we have interviewed a Direct Maintenance intern from Maastricht station – Max Didden. Max shares his first impressions about the company and memorable experiences from the internship at Direct Maintenance.

How did you end up at Direct Maintenance for your internship?

First, I applied for an internship at Direct Maintenance in Dusseldorf. Unfortunately, at that station, there were no open positions for an internship. However, because of the showed interest in working at Direct Maintenance, I was sent to Cologne station. Still, as the station just recently opened, it was impossible to start there. Luckily, after being forwarded to Maastricht station, I was hired for the internship at Direct Maintenance.  

What do you think of the way you are supervised as an intern at Direct Maintenance?

It is my first internship. Thus, like all beginners in the industry, at first, I spent much more time observing than actually doing something in practice. However, the more days have passed, the more my knowledge and understanding developed. Consequently, now, I get to do more practical tasks. I am very thankful for my colleagues, as they constantly explain aircraft features and systems or how to perform a specific task correctly – they ensure my improvement!

What do you hope to learn from your internship?

My primary intention for this internship was to see how line maintenance differs from base maintenance. At the moment, I think line maintenance bring more challenges due to the broad work scope. Nevertheless, I hope to combine the theory from the university with practice at Direct Maintenance and successfully learn as much as possible about aircraft systems.

What is your impression of DirectMaintenance as an employer?

My first impression was that Direct Maintenance is an exciting company with many stations worldwide and a great place to work. To this day, I can say that it is true. Indeed, you can continue to learn at Direct Maintenance: there are many career opportunities, such as getting your license for a particular aircraft type.  

What was the most memorable thing you experienced during your internship?

In the short four weeks that I have been at Direct Maintenance, there was a lightning strike in one of the engines. I had never seen actual damage from a lightning strike, so I truly gained a new memorable experience. We searched for the impact point of the lightning strike because the output of the lightning was clearly visible.

What tip can you give to other interns at Direct Maintenance?

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, ASK THEM. An internship is meant for learning. Thus, if you don’t understand something or want to get an explanation of the aircraft system, just ask. Even if the question is to show/explain the theory you learned at university (as they often lack the needed facilities to demonstrate aircraft systems in real life), I think your colleagues will be glad to help.

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.

Meet the Team: Iwan IJsbrandij

Meet the team! Iwan IJsbrandij, Quality Assurance Engineer at Direct Maintenance, has been passionate about aviation since his childhood – and he’s more than happy now to be working in the industry and taking on the role which allows him to contribute to aviation safety.
Get to know him better as he shares a few insights about his experience with us – and his other passions besides aviation!

Why did you choose aviation as your career path? And how did you start working at Direct Maintenance?
Since my father also has a passion for aviation, I’ve been fascinated by aviation for as long as I can remember. I chose to go for a bachelor’s degree in aviation to turn my passion into a career, and thereafter I was soon invited to join Direct Maintenance in its Quality Assurance (QA) department.

What are your main responsibilities in your role? What do you like the most in your work?
As a Quality Assurance Engineer, my main responsibility is to enable the organisation to ensure that we can deliver a safe product and to remain in compliance with the requirements of continuing airworthiness regulations. Some tasks include being involved in audits, verifying procedures and staff records, and translating legislation into practical guidelines for all staff. Additionally, I’m always on standby to investigate occurrences and incidents. The QA team currently consists of my manager Robert whom I really enjoy working with and me. What I like the most in my work is the fact that it’s both aviation and law-related, conducting investigations, and being able to contribute to aviation safety.

What would you say are the biggest challenges in your work?
In general, the nature of quality management systems are highly structured, and due to constant changes to the organisation, regulations, and policies, it tends to result in bureaucracy sometimes. Dealing with bureaucracy can be challenging, especially when you need to justify it to others. However, it’s part of the job, and it also directly contributes to the excellent aviation safety results of the last 15 years.

Can you share your best memory from working in aviation / in Direct Maintenance?
During one of my station visits, ground engineers took me with him to attend an engine ground run. That was indeed a nice experience for me, which stayed in my memory!

Besides aviation, what are your other passions? What are your hobbies, special interests?
Besides aviation, another huge passion of mine is playing guitar and music. I’ve been playing the guitar since my early teens, and it sort of became my second nature. I also play in a rock band and compose my own music. Some of my other interests are reading, history, and spending time in nature.

What is your favourite destination to travel to?
My favourite destination is, without any doubt, Norway. I’m a big fan of Norway’s beautiful, impressive nature and its Viking history.

Do you have a favourite motto or quote that you apply in your life?
Quality Assurance involves many stakeholders, and they often seem to have competing interests. I learned you can’t always make decisions in everyone’s favour, so I like this quote from Aristotle: “A friend to all is a friend to none”.

Expanding partnerships: Direct Maintenance providing line maintenance services for China Southern Airlines in Africa

Direct Maintenance, a certified line maintenance service provider, part of Magnetic MRO, announced the recent expansion of their partnership agreement with China Southern Airlines, one of Asia’s leading airlines and taking over full technical handling of the operator’s fleet line maintenance services in Nairobi, Kenya.

„This is the first time a Chinese aircraft has been fully handled by an authorized third-party line maintenance provider in Africa, “ said Jacco Klerk, Managing Director at Direct Maintenance, about a true joint landmark achievement.

Since 2015 Direct Maintenance has provided line maintenance technical support and related logistics services for A330 on the Changsha-Nairobi route for China Southern Airlines.

„Direct Maintenance has won a spontaneous recognition from China Southern’s team and their supervisors, by efficient and high-calibre line maintenance services, its rapid and independent emergency response mechanism, and customized exclusive service plans as well, which laid a solid foundation for the strengthened cooperation between China Southern Airlines and Direct Maintenance,“ expressed Alfred Wang, Customer Service Manager at Direct Maintenance.

According to Wang, Direct Maintenance is the only line maintenance provider holding FAA Repair Station approval in Kenya and various other African countries, also was the first ever to support B787 line maintenance in Kenya.

„I am very pleased with the recent extension of the partnership with China Southern as it is a great indicator of the mutual trust between two companies which has been developing ever since our cooperation in Nairobi started in 2015. It is also an important milestone for both our team in NBO as well as to the whole company, and we are excited to start this new chapter,“ shared Mandeep Rana, Head of Sales at Direct Maintenance.

Direct Maintenance covers over 70 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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