SriLankan Engineering performs 100th ‘C’ check on IndiGo Airlines aircraft

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SriLankan Airlines’ MRO (Maintenance -Repair Overhaul) organisation recently achieved a significant milestone when it performed the 100th ‘C’ check on an IndiGo Airlines aircraft, India’s largest low-fare carrier. SriLankan’s MRO organisation has been performing ‘C’ checks on IndiGo Airlines aircraft since 2009 and its 100th aircraft completed its ‘C’ check with a wide range of additional work to refurbish the cabin (painting, re-trimming and cleaning) and enhance the exterior paint condition (re-painting faded or damaged areas, chemical cleaning and polishing). A ‘C’ check is performed on an aircraft every 24 months with system tests, inspections and servicing as required by the manufacturer and authorities. SriLankan Airlines Head of Engineering Priyantha Rose said: “IndiGo Airlines’ longstanding partnership with us goes on to show our reputation as a reliable MRO services provider in the region. With the new MRO facility coming up at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, this year, SriLankan Engineering will be geared to meet the growing demand for MRO services.” SriLankan Airlines Senior Manager Aircraft Maintenance Tyrone Navaratne said: “SriLankan Engineering has made a name as a regional MRO hub that provides services to many regional carriers and privately-owned aircraft. SriLankan wouldn’t have achieved this feat if not for its extremely competent, committed and diligent team that has proved its expertise over and again. SriLankan’s MRO facility will continue to expand its services to other regions in time to come.” IndiGo Airlines Vice President – Engineering S.C. Gupta said: “IndiGo congratulates SriLankan Engineering team for achieving this significant milestone. IndiGo started the initial arrangement in 2009 when the first aircraft VT-INJ (MSN 3159) was inducted for C1 Check on 9 February 2009.  SriLankan MRO has consistently performed to our satisfaction and delivered all checks as per agreed TAT. IndiGo is appreciative of SriLankan’s MRO setup which is comprehensive, efficient and is in a position to affectively take care of all scheduled/unscheduled maintenance tasks on A320 aircraft.” SriLankan also completed a three-day modification input for ‘Maldives’ (Island Aviation Services Ltd.) in addition to the regular maintenance services to its Airbus fleet.  It has also carried out MRO activities on aircraft of other regional carriers and routine work on aircraft of many airlines that operate to Bandaranaike International Airport. SriLankan Engineering has the prestigious EASA 145 certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency, and also holds awards for Best Global Operator of both A330 and A340 aircraft from Airbus Industries, in the small airline category. SriLankan Airlines today boasts of being a provider of comprehensive aircraft maintenance services in the region, under approval from Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAA-SL), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and several other National Aviation Authorities (NAAs).