The Ukrainian airline, SkyUp Airlines, has opened a line maintenance station for its aircraft fleet at the Antalya Airport (Turkey).
The Sky Stream line maintenance station in Turkey engages in line maintenance of Boeing 737-600/700/800/900 aircraft, the airline said in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
A team of 41 personnel and technical specialists (engineers) currently work at the line maintenance station in Antalya.
"The ability of our technical specialists to continue working during the war is a necessary requirement for maintaining their experience and the validity of their aircraft maintenance certificates, as well as a chance for us to preserve the country’s professional potential for the revival of the Ukrainian aviation industry after our victory," SkyUp’s CEO Dmytro Seroukhov said.
According to the statement, the Sky Stream line maintenance organization was registered in March 2021. The original plan was to develop this area of the airline's operations in Ukraine. It obtained the certificate necessary to begin operations on 16 February 2022, and a maintenance station had been established and readied at the Boryspil Airport at the time of the Russian invasion. However, the full-scale war forced the airline to look for opportunities to operate abroad.
The line maintenance station in Antalya is currently servicing three SkyUp aircraft. One aircraft will be added to them by the end of August and two in the fall. According to the relevant agreements, the station will operate until October, inclusive.
As reported earlier, SkyUp has found work for about 10 of its aircraft in Europe. The airline also added a Boeing 737-800 to its fleet recently.