Expanding Direct Maintenance Adds 787, 747-8 Line Approvals

By Sean Broderick
Source: AWIN First
December 13, 2013
Credit: Boeing

Thomson Airways recently launched Direct Maintenance’s Boeing 787 line maintenance services, the second current-generation Boeing widebody support capability added by the Dutch aftermarket provider in as many weeks.

Direct is helping Thomson turn 787s at the airline’s Mombasa, Kenya line station. The work started following Thomson’s inaugural 787 service between London Gatwick Airport and Moi International Airport Dec. 3. The charter carrier had been operating 767-300ERs on the route.

Direct’s 787 line support launch comes just two weeks after the company earned European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval adding 747-8 line maintenance work to its EASA Part 145 certificate. Direct immediately put the approval to work supporting long-time customer Cathay Pacific Cargo, which is transitioning from 747-400 freighters to 747-8s.

The new Boeing capabilities follow a year of significant expansion for Direct. In August 2012, the company added A380 line maintenance to its portfolio as part of a deal to support Emirates Airline service into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

This past spring, Direct received EASA approval to open line stations at Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport and Kilimanjaro International Airport. The new operations boosted Direct’s number of EASA-approved line stations to 10, including nine in Africa.


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