Magnetic MRO, which has a history with SAS and Maersk, is painting and refurbishing an ATR fleet, with the first of 12 now delivered.
The first of 12 aircraft has been delivered from Magnetic MRO’s Tallinn hangars back to Finnair after paintwork, full interior refurbishment and maintenance.
An Estonian provider of technical care for aircraft operators and lessors, Magnetic MRO had signed a contract with the Finnish flag carrier for an overhaul of all 12 of the airline’s ATR 72 fleet operated for Finnair by its partner company Norra (Nordic Regional Airlines). The project is to be completed by the end of Q1 2020.
“We are proud that Finnair and Norra have selected Magnetic MRO for their full ATR modification project,” operations manager Kaspars Podins commented.
“By taking up this large-scale project, Magnetic MRO has once again proven that we are a great partner for providing a full package of total technical care solutions with a high-level quality for our customers, starting from the design bundle for cabin modification and full refurbishment, all the way to external livery change and maintenance tasks.”
He added that with the ATR transformation project, the aircraft’s outdated exterior and interior design is being upgraded to a modern, sleek and simple one “to achieve balance throughout the cabin, whilst meeting Finnair’s high standards”.
The deal includes painting the ATRs in the Finnair livery, while interior changes involve producing the largest number of new details for an aircraft that the company has ever manufactured for a single interior project.
Finnair and Magnetic already have over 15 years of “excellent partnership” on A320 and ATR maintenance.
“Magnetic MRO is perfectly located close to our main base Helsinki and their recent process development especially on aircraft painting convinced us of their ability to manage the whole fleet wide modification program within an agreed time schedule at high quality and competitive cost,” said Juha Ojala, Finnair’s head of engineering.
Maersk and SAS
Magnetic MRO was first established in 1995 as part of the former flag carrier Estonian Air. In 2002, it was separated from Estonian Air and became Maersk Air Maintenance Estonia.
In 2003, it was acquired by SAS Group and changed its name to Air Maintenance Estonia. In 2010, it was bought again, this time by private equity and venture capital investor Baltcap.
In 2014, it was renamed Magnetic MRO and in 2016 bought UK-based aircraft interior company MAC Interiors. In 2018, Magnetic was acquired by Guangzhou Hangxin Aviation Technology and in February 2019 created the joint venture MAC Sichuan to enter the cabin redevelopment market in China.