Russian airline Transaero says they expect to create 100 new jobs with the purchase of a maintenance facility at Shannon Airport (SNN).
The new base will see Transaero conduct a lot of heavy maintenance work on its 82 plane fleet.
Transaero CEO Alex Krinichanskiy said they hope to add to that employment figure in the future:
“I would think about another 100 over the next year. That’s the close horizon and then who knows how many more.”
Krinichanskiy hopes Transaero Engineering (the name of their Shannon maintenance business) will be able to expand their facility and service the bulk of their aircraft there:
“We are spending close to $70 million a year globally on heavy maintenance,” he explained. “We are going to be spending a big chunk of that here [now]. The question is do you want the rest?
“If you want us to spend that money here, let’s figure out how to do it together.”
The base currently works on their Boeing 737s and 767s. They are going through the certification process to bring in 747s, 777s and even the 787s in the future:
“That’s what we are looking at. Probably 787 makes much more sense because in this part of the world, there is just one company that is getting there to service 787s. That is one of the plans we have in mind when talking to Boeing. It would open up endless opportunities for our affiliate here.”
Transaero recently ordered four 787s.
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