According to a press release, the record-breaking achievement was acknowledged at the recent Dubai Airshow, where Eng Ali Redha Mohammed al Lawatiya, Oman Air’s EVP Engineering & Maintenance was presented with a commendation.
This recognised the outstanding capability and competency of Oman Air’s engineering team which allowed them to perform the task in such a short time frame.
The achievement was accomplished in line with Oman Air’s engineering and maintenance objectives, which aim to maintain, safe and efficient operation.
Eng Lawatiya said, “I am delighted to accept this commemoration on behalf of Oman Air’s hardworking engineering and maintenance team. We are a dedicated unit, our goal is to respond to engineering issues in the quickest and most efficient way possible. This recent recognition from GE Aviation is further acknowledgement of Oman Air’s strong position in the industry. We are fully committed to delivering the best possible service to guests and a critical part of this is to ensure the highest quality of engineering and maintenance services to our aircraft.”
Oman Air Engineering & Maintenance works around the clock to provide services to Oman Air’s own fleet and third party aircraft, with routine maintenance inspections up to and including ‘A’ checks, minor aircraft repairs/modifications and aircraft component replacements.
The team has been much focused on ensuring the maintenance schedule is as efficient as possible and extending the capabilities in-house. The outsourced heavy maintenance (C-check) for Airbus 330 are now performed every 24 months instead of 18 months, by accommodating the 18 months maintenance checks for the ten existing A330 aircraft in-house.
Another evident improvement on a wider scale has also been achieved on the B737 fleet, previously requiring the heavy maintenance (C-check) approximately every 24 months. The Engineering & Maintenance team with the support of Boeing managed to escalate the heavy maintenance interval to 36 months and for the A-check maintenance from approximately 60 days interval to 120 days resulting in better utilisation of maintenance ground time and an increase in aircraft operational availability.
Oman Air Engineering has also extended its technical capabilities on handling British Airways B787, Qatar Airways Airbus 350 and SriLankan Airlines A320 neo aircraft types, added the release.
The service platform provided has also extended to include the full technical handling of customer airlines aircraft at Sohar Airport.