Iberia Signs Maintenance Contract With Orbest Airlines

Iberia and Orbest Airlines have signed a contract covering the maintenance of components of the Airbus A320s and A330s operated by the Palma de Majorca-based company, a unit of the Orizonia holiday Group.

For three years, such aircraft components as sensors, audio system control panels, fire extinguishers, flight recorders, and radio beacons will be inspected and repaired at Iberia Maintenance facilities near Madrid airport, where they occupy an area of 14,500 m2 and boast 18 work lines dealing with accessories, instruments and components of A320, A340, B747 and B757 aircraft among others.

The contract covers disassembly, inspection, repairs, parts replacement, assembly, testing, and certification of replaced components. The contract gives Orbest access to Iberia’s pool of spare parts.

Iberia already conducts line maintenance and major overhauls of Orbest’s aircraft, as well as inspections and repair of CFM56-5B engines.

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Orbest was founded in 1998 as Iberworld Airlines and now serves 120 destinations. It flies three Airbus A330/300s and 6 Airbus A320s, with an average age of four years.

Iberia Maintenance handles inspections and repairs of airframes, engines, and components of Iberia’s own fleet and those of about a hundred outside customers around the world. It is the world's ninth-largest aircraft maintenance company and the leading one is Spain by revenues and staff size, as well as in terms of repair, high technology, and aircraft modification capacity. In 2011 it inspected some 200 engines and more than 66,000 components, whilst carrying out 1,161 “A” checks on airframes.

Source: Iberia
Date: Sep 26, 2012