Lithuanian-Chinese MRO wins certification for line maintenance in China

FL ARI, a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider based in Harbin, China, has received certified approval as an EASA Part-145 organisation for line maintenance, and is expecting that certification for base maintenance will follow.

FL ARI is a joint venture between the China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC), its mid-to-end-of-life aircraft solutions arm Aircraft Recycling International (ARI) and FL Technics, a Lithuanian MRO specialist. The accreditation means that the company is now cleared to provide line maintenance support for aircraft from the Boeing 737NG series to Airbus A320-family aircraft.

“We are happy that the joint venture company has become the first independent MRO organisation in north-east China to receive EASA Part-145 certification for line maintenance services,” says Donatas Dockus, chief executive of FL ARI. “It is forecast that the aviation industry in China will be one of the fastest growing in the world over the next 10 years. In the nearest future, FL ARI will extend its MRO capability by receiving EASA Part-145 certification for base maintenance services as well,” Dockus adds.

Mike Poon, chief executive of CALC and ARI is in no doubt that the joint venture’s team will bring the highest work ethic and business standards to Asia’s aviation market and that, by combining the resources of CALC Group and FL Technics’ experience: “FL ARI will become a significant force in the MRO industry in China,” he predicts.

FL ARI provides MRO services for aircraft in China and Asia. Established in 2018, it focuses on aircraft line and base maintenance, aircraft disassembly, and engineering services consultation. Its facility holds multiple approvals including the CAAC 145 line maintenance certificate, the EASA Part-145 and China’s first accredited aircraft disassembler under the CAAC’s CCAR-145 Civil Aircraft Maintenance Organisation Certificate Regulations. The company is currently providing line maintenance and repair services for two reputable airlines in China.