At this point, the certificate covers the Line Maintenance of Airbus A330, Boeing 767 and 777 operated by China Eastern Airlines in general.
PRAGUE - Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT), a daughter company of the Czech Aeroholding Group providing aircraft repair and maintenance services, has become the first independent organisation in Europe to successfully pass the certification process and receive the approval of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to perform Line Maintenance services for Chinese airlines. Its employees can now verify aircraft post-maintenance airworthiness without having to request the presence of the official airline technician.
“The fact that we have been able to obtain the certificate for the entire Line Maintenance segment is a great achievement
for the company. Thanks to the new certificate, we will have additional possibilities in the segment, increase the volume of
guaranteed work for our employees and, most importantly, increase our competitiveness and the company’s prestige as we are
the first independent organisation in Europe to have received the certificate,” said Pavel Haleš, Chairman of the Board of
Directors of Czech Airlines Technics.
At this point, the certificate covers the Line Maintenance of Airbus A330, Boeing 767 and 777 operated by China Eastern
Airlines in general. This type of maintenance of aircraft is performed either on a regular basis (e.g. daily or weekly) or
ad hoc. It includes a thorough aircraft check, the refilling of all fluids, the completion of minor repairs, the checking of
individual aircraft parts and an evaluation of whether or not an aircraft is fully functional and flight ready.
“We are now working on extending the certification to cover all Chinese airlines operating their flights to and from Václav
Havel Airport Prague. However, the process is both administratively complex and time consuming,” Haleš pointed out.
The certification process before the Chinese office took over a year and a half. During the time, it was necessary to draft
and present the required legal documents pursuant to the Chinese legal system which were then subjected to a thorough
approval process. All aircraft maintenance procedures were also reviewed by auditors in Prague.
“Technical standards observed by most airlines and countries are rather similar. However, Chinese legislation and
administration related to aircraft maintenance vary significantly. To receive the certificate, all procedures and processes
implemented by the company, including aircraft maintenance quality and related administrative processes which are now
transferred from the airline to Czech Airlines Technics, were reviewed,” Haleš noted.
Intensive employee training, primarily within the area of Quality Management, was among the basic certification conditions.
The requirement to train company supervisors and managers alongside technicians was the major difference from the already
implemented processes of the Quality Management system set-up by the company.