The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has revoked Kenya Airways’ Part 145 aircraft maintenance license after the airline failed a compliance audit. This license allowed Kenya Airways to perform maintenance on European aircraft.
Kenya Airways maintenance license withdrawn
After failing an audit, Kenya Airways surrendered its Part 145 aircraft maintenance license. EASA withdrew the license after finding flaws during the certification audit.
Specifically, the agency asked Kenya Airways to implement temperature screening and separate its general storage. The airline replied that the Kenyan climate negates the need for advanced temperature controls.
Kenya Airways had hoped to generate revenue by servicing European aircraft. Photo: Getty Images
Kenya Airways Chief Technical Officer Gilbert Bett told the Business Daily:
“As you may know we are in the tropics and our manuals do not require us to have temperature checks like those in Europe where there are extremes. We are however working on compliance.”
Kenya Airways will seek to comply with EASA standards to regain its license. Without this license, the carrier will not be able to carry out maintenance on European planes and risks losing lucrative revenue.
“Compliance is our license to operate. That’s why we’ve worked with EASA. It’s part of our MRO to service and maintain European registered carriers.”
What is a Part 145 maintenance license?
A Part 145 maintenance license is the European standard for granting maintenance rights, essentially allowing a company or airline to perform maintenance on European registered aircraft.
According to ThomasNet,
“The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 145 Approval is an enterprise-level certification to the standards for the design, production, maintenance and operation of aircraft components of the European Commission. An aircraft component is described as any product, part or appliance installed in a European aircraft.”
Kenya Airways has applied for Part 145 approval in part to help develop its maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) arm and open up the ability to maintain and operate European-registered aircraft.
Diversification of income sources
Kenya Airways is expanding its MRO operations as an alternative revenue stream, allowing it to earn money by servicing aircraft.
The airline will not lose any immediate revenue as it has no European-registered aircraft undergoing maintenance, but delays in recertification could have an impact.
The African carrier halved its losses in 2021. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Single flight.
Gilbert Bett said,
“There is no loss of revenue as there are no aircraft in maintenance that require EASA certification. We have no European registered aircraft in maintenance.”
Kenya Airways, one of Africa’s largest airlines, has taken smart steps to cut costs during the pandemic, including revising aircraft lease agreements to only pay for planes in active service. This saved the airline about $45 million in fees.
Compared to the previous year, things have improved financially for Kenya Airways after the carrier reduced its annual losses by around 56% until 2021.
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Source: Business Daily, ThomasNet