Direct Maintenance attends IATP Athens, signs new contracts with key customers

Direct Maintenance’s representatives – Managing Director Frank Daams, Operations Director Erik Verwijmeren and Sales Executive Mandeep Rana – attended the 119th International Airlines Technical Pool (IATP) conference, which was held in Athens, Greece from March 9th to March 13th.

The company’s representatives had a chance to meet existing and potential customers at the conference and get updates about the new EASA regulations and SGHA’s amendments. The topics discussed at the event were related to operational performance, contractual agreements, possible future needs of customers, customer issues, general market needs and trends, etc.

In addition to this, Direct Maintenance signed new contracts with some of our most valued customers – all of them for line maintenance services across the company’s network in Europe.

“Maybe even more important is the fact that we had a chance to meet with our customers, have good discussions with them, and have them know that we have listened to them – this gives an enormous increase in trust. Now it is up to us to filter all the information that we gathered so that we can support our customers at existing and new locations, and subsequently grow our business,” commented Direct Maintenance’s Sales Executive Mandeep Rana. “The IATP has given us, once again, loads of leads which help us to understand the customer needs and the market – with this we can expand and grow our line maintenance business.

Direct Maintenance had over 50 formal bilateral meetings with different airlines and many more informal meetings at the IATP conference.

Direct Maintenance has been an IATP associated member for a long time. The IATP conferences are member-only events that bring together technical departments from Airlines, technical supplier companies and Aircraft manufactures to speak about the market, its trends, needs etc. During the IATP, the participants have a chance to have consolidated meetings, pool meetings, training classes and bilateral meetings.

Magnetic MRO welcomes Direct Maintenance to the group with a ceremony in Amsterdam

Magnetic MRO, a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, celebrated the acquisition of Direct Maintenance, an Amsterdam-based MRO provider that’s specialized in Line Maintenance for narrow- and wide-body aircraft, with a ceremony that took place in Amsterdam on March 27th, 2019.

Magnetic MRO’s CEO Risto Mäeots, who was in Amsterdam to welcome the new company to the group, thanked the staff of Direct Maintenance, the group’s shareholder Hangxin, bond buyers and everyone who was involved in the acquisition process in his speech.

“We have grown from a company of 180 employees to a company of 520 employees, Direct Maintenance staff included; we have grown from a 12 million euro revenue to a 120 million euro revenue within 6 years. That gives us confidence that we are doing something right and we are doing something with great passion,” Mäeots added.

In his speech, Direct Maintenance’s Managing Director Frank Daams thanked the management of Magnetic MRO and Hangxin for the trust and belief they’ve shown in Direct Maintenance. “Today’s event marks a new step for Direct Maintenance and all my fellow coworkers. In fact, I would like to consider this acquisition as a huge compliment to all our staff members. Their hard work and dedication has made Direct Maintenance to what it is today.”

Signed in February 2019, the deal between the two companies covers the transfer of 100% of Direct Maintenance’s shares from its previous owner Direct Aviation Group to Magnetic MRO. It also includes the right for the newly acquired company to keep operating under the Direct Maintenance brand.

Magnetic MRO acquires Dutch Direct Maintenance

Magnetic MRO, a global provider of Total Technical Care for aircraft operators and lessors, has completed the acquisition of Direct Maintenance, an Amsterdam-based independent MRO provider that’s specialized in Line Maintenance for narrow- and wide-body aircraft. The deal adds Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 to Magnetic MRO group’s capabilities, and doubles its global line stations network while allowing the Dutch company to keep the Direct Maintenance brand.

Signed in February 2019, the deal covers the transfer of 100% of Direct Maintenance’s shares from its previous owner Direct Aviation Group to Magnetic MRO. It also includes the right for the newly acquired company to keep operating under the Direct Maintenance brand. 

With a team of 140 employees, the Dutch MRO company provides a wide range of line maintenance services for narrow- and wide-body aircraft, including Airbus A340, A380 and A350, as well as Boeing 747, 777 and 787. The company also supports Embraer 170/190 and MD-11 aircraft types. Direct Maintenance’s network includes 8 countries and 11 line stations serving national flag carriers and major leisure airlines from Europe, Middle East, USA, Asia and Africa.

“I am glad to welcome Direct Maintenance as a new member to our group. I would also like to thank previous shareholders for a productive negotiation process and their belief in Magnetic MRO – we will support the company’s growth to a new level, continue offering premium value for its customers, and provide its team members with new opportunities for professional growth,” shares Risto Mäeots, the CEO of Magnetic MRO. “The acquisition is a part of our strategic development plan. It will allow us to further expand our total technical care program, as well as synergize Magnetic MRO’s and Direct Maintenance’s efforts in customer support, business development, and other areas.”

“For almost 20 years, Direct Maintenance has been carefully and very successfully building its global network of efficient and modern line support. By joining Magnetic MRO’s group, we gain stimulus for a new, even more ambitious and exciting step in our development. In addition, on behalf of the team, I would like to thank our customers for the long-standing trust, and, rest assured, they will be the main beneficiaries of our cooperation with Magnetic MRO,” said Frank Daams, the Managing Director of Direct Maintenance.

Direct Maintenance partners with LOT Polish Airlines at Mombasa Airport (MBA)

Direct Maintenance welcomed the B787 on its first flight into Mombasa Airport (MBA) from Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) on the 3rd November 2018.

Our line maintenance service is set to support LOT Polish Airlines throughout the entire winter season. 

Frank Daams, Managing Director comments: “We are delighted to support LOT Polish Airlines through our line maintenance service station at Mombasa Airport (MBA). Our partnership is set to grow from strength to strength in the future based on our previous cooperation in Zanzibar (ZNZ).”

Our special thanks go directly to LOT Polish Airlines for their support and permission to use the photographs contained within this article

Direct Maintenance welcomes all line maintenance service support enquiries – Contact us today: Sales-Maintenance@directaviation.aero

Direct Maintenance partners with Turkish Airlines at our line station Lusaka (LUN) in Zambia

Delighted to extend our line maintenance support to our valued business partner, Turkish Airlines.

Direct Maintenance is very pleased to offer an extension of our line maintenance support to Turkish Airlines through our line station at Lusaka (LUN) in Zambia.

Turkish Airlines commenced operation of their new route from Istanbul to Lusaka (LUN) on 13 December 2018. This new flight route offers a fabulous extension of their passenger service, operating A330 passenger flights twice weekly.

Our team of engineers and mechanics at our line station in Lusaka (LUN) are thrilled to be supporting Turkish Airlines and have established a great working relationship with them that is set to grow from strength to strength.

Frank Daams, Managing Director commented, ‘We are delighted to support Turkish Airlines via our line station (LUN) in Africa – A proud moment for us to celebrate as this is the first of our line stations following on from our line maintenance support via our other line stations in Europe.’ 

Direct Maintenance welcomes all line maintenance service support enquiries – Contact us today: Sales-Maintenance@directaviation.aero 

Direct Maintenance extends line maintenance partnership with TAP Portugal in AMS!

Delighted to extend our line maintenance support to our valued business partner, TAP Portugal.

Direct Maintenance welcomes TAP Portugal at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). This extension of our partnership is a result of the excellent line maintenance support that has been provided through our line maintenance station at Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL).

Portuguese national flag carrier TAP Portugal and Direct Maintenance entered into a line maintenance partnership on 1 February 2019 at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. We are delighted to extend our partnership together. In 2018, we started to partner with TAP Portugal through our line station in Berlin-Tegel (TXL) and due to the excellent dedicated service provided by our qualified and experienced team, we are very pleased to extend this partnership even further.

Frank Daams, Managing Director, Direct Maintenance comments: ‘’We are genuinely delighted to welcome an extension of our line maintenance support to TAP Portugal. The Direct Maintenance team at our line maintenance station in AMS are doing an excellent job providing daily night-stop checks for the TAP Portugal A320, A320 NEO and AC type operating into AMS. With TAP Portugal operating four daily flights into Schiphol, we see this as a great opportunity to strengthen our partnership with TAP Portugal even further throughout the course of 2019.”

For any line maintenance related enquiries, please contact us: Sales-Maintenance@directaviation.aero

Direct Maintenance granted EASA Part-145 line maintenance approval for the A350

We are celebrating yet another achievement for Direct Maintenance! On 14 February 2019, Direct Maintenance received EASA Part-145 line maintenance approval for the A350.


Frank Daams, Managing Director comments: ‘’Our approach to deliver excellence is demonstrated every hour of every day, the dedication and expertise of our Direct Maintenance team is second to none! We achieve this by committing to training, development and investing in the latest technology aircraft type, as can be noted with the addition of the A350.

Over recent years our airline customers have commented on our progressive approach and our quick reaction time in achieving Part-145 approval the A320 NEO and B787.’’

For any line maintenance related enquiries, please contact us: Sales-Maintenance@directaviation.aero

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