The IAG group , which includes Iberia and Vueling , announced this Friday that it is betting on Barcelona Airport as the main base for maintaining its fleet of aircraft . Vueling will be the first company in the IAG group to carry out this type of work in the Barcelona hangar from September.
It will implement one of the key projects of its transformation plan: the new maintenance model at its main base in Barcelona-El Prat. The project goes hand in hand, in the form of a ‘joint venture’ with Nayak Aircraft. The joint firm, Yellow Technic, has announced the creation of 200 highly qualified contracts in Barcelona.
Iberia has also announced in a statement that “it renews its commitment to El Prat and, as part of its new business strategy, Iberia Maintenance will strengthen its major maintenance activity in Barcelona, which it will carry out in its hangar next to the airport”.
Iberia will offer a major maintenance service in its hangar at Barcelona airport, mainly for Vueling, but also for other airlines. In this sense, Vueling will begin to carry out major maintenance tasks at Iberia Mantenimiento in Barcelona.
The announcement represents a boost for the Catalan infrastructure and the expansion project defended by Aena, which would entail some 1,700 million euros of investment. According to Iberia sources, aircraft maintenance in El Prat supposes “the development of an activity capable of generating highly qualified employment, contributing to a greater reindustrialization of the airport’s area of influence and, ultimately, consolidating Barcelona Airport as a great aeronautical hub “.
To this end, Iberia Maintenance will adapt its hangar in Barcelona and invest in support workshops that will allow it to develop its current capabilities for performing C reviews, and offer a comprehensive major maintenance service at its facilities.
Vueling’s objective in locating the maintenance area in Barcelona is for the airline to “emerge from the crisis of the pandemic strengthened and capture all the development potential of its low-cost model, both in the short term and in future years” .
At Vueling, months ago the need to develop a new maintenance model was identified that would allow for the most competitive cost and quality levels on the market. Along these lines, we have worked with Iberia and the social agents to find the most sustainable solutions in the long term. In the case of online maintenance,
Yellow Technic by Nayak will create around 200 jobs in Barcelona. Vueling has been working with Nayak since 2014 in its operations in France, Italy and the Netherlands. The multinational Nayak is one of the main international online maintenance companies with more than 46 years of experience, serving around 200 airlines, especially in the low-cost airline sector.
Both Iberia and Vueling consider that this new maintenance model is “key” for their “transformation plan”. Iberia, which affirms that this will contribute to the development of El Prat as “a great aeronautical hub”, argues that this qualitative leap will allow it to “increase its business volume and strengthen its position as a leading supplier for the narrow-body fleet in the market.
European, North African and Middle Eastern “. By online maintenance we understand the actions that must be carried out with the plane stopped on the runway, for example, changing tires, while major maintenance is determined by the manufacturer and ratified by Civil Aviation. Vueling’s Director of Operations, Oliver Iffert,
The change in the maintenance model is part of the Vueling Transform development plan, based on four axes, as detailed by the company: establishing more competitive cost and unit revenue levels; strengthen the customer service proposal; guarantee the involvement and motivation of all employees; and be an active part in the achievement of commitments in terms of sustainability and return to society.