- It is expected that more than 3 billion rubles will be invested in project
- In addition to Russian airlines, European low-cost airlines are among major potential clients that are going to use the services.
S7 Technics (a member of the S7 Group holding) has signed an investment agreement with St. Petersburg authorities and Pulkovo airport concerning construction of a new aircraft maintenance center at the airport. The signing took place on June 3 during the St. Petersburg Economic Forum 2021.
“There are not enough technical centers for aircraft maintenance in Russia. Even during the pandemic period, there is a high demand for regular maintenance from Russian airlines. After the air traffic is back to normal, we project a steady growth of customers both in Russia and in the global market. Of course, low-cost European airlines that plan to fly to St. Petersburg are amount our potential clients as they do not have their own regular maintenance hubs. The current ‘open skies’ regime at Pulkovo is going to be one of the advantages. We see the new technical center as a complex project that will facilitate the development of the airport infrastructure and the aviation industry as a whole. We plan to invest in it more than 3 billion rubles from S7 Technics' funds, without attracting outside investments,” said Vladimir Perekrestov, CEO of S7 Technics.
The technical service center will offer a wide range of service, including regular maintenance (including D-check), linear maintenance, structural repairs, engineering, development of modifications according to the EASA Part21J requirements and manufacturing of interior elements according to the EASA Part-21G requirements… The directions will include the repair of components and staff training (accordance to the EASA Part 147 and FAP-289 requirements). S7 Technics is also an approved provider for the maintenance of MC-21 aircraft.
“The new center will be the fourth for S7 Technics, which will allow us to solidify our position as a leader in the maintenance of Western and domestic aircraft n Russia and the CIS. The new center will be capable of servicing Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 of all generations, Sukhoi Superjet 100 and MS-21. We plan to carry out 35-40 types of heavy maintenance (C-Check and D-Check) and about 200 types of light maintenance (A-Check) per year,” says Vladimir Perekrestov, CEO of S7 Technics.
Based on preliminary estimates, the new center will create about 400 jobs. The maintenance center will have an area of approximately 12,000 square meters.
According to the project roadmap, the documentation and architectural development of the project will take place in 2021–2022.
The active construction phase will start in 2023. It is expected that the project to launch a new technical center will be completed by 2025.
As part of the project, S7 Technics has signed an agreement with the St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI). SUAI students who major in Technical Operation of Aircraft and Engines will be able to get internships in the new maintenance center with the possibility of subsequent employment.
Other S7 Technics hubs are located in Moscow, Mineralnye Vody, and Novosibirsk, and line maintenance stations are located in Irkutsk and Vladivostok.
The S7 Technics manufacturing hubs are certified according to the requirements of the EASA, the aviation authorities of Bermuda, Russia, and a number of other countries to perform maintenance of Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft.
S7 Technics (S 7 ENGINEERING LLC) is a leading MRO provider in the Russian market. It carries out basic and operational maintenance of aircraft manufactured by Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, and GSS, and repair, engineering, and production of components for a number of main aircraft types, as well as works on the repairs of CFM56 aircraft engines.
S7 Technics (a member of the S7 Group holding) services the leading airlines of Russia and the CIS (S7 Airlines, Aeroflot group, Air Astana, and others), countries of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, carrying out about 100 types of heavy maintenance and more than 1000 types of mild forms of maintenance annually.
For more information about the company and its services, please visit the www.s7technics.ru website.
S7 Group is the largest private aviation and space holding in Russia and includes companies operating in the field of air transportation, aircraft maintenance, development and implementation of modern software, as well as in the outer space exploitation.
In particular, the holding includes S7 Airlines, a member of the oneworld global aviation alliance. The airline has a broad network of domestic routes built around air transport hubs in Moscow (Domodedovo) and Novosibirsk (Tolmachevo). S7 Airlines operates regular flights to the CIS countries, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Asia Pacific.