Air India, which is awaiting delivery of first Airbus A350-900 has received approval from India’s aviation watchdog for performing engineering activities on the Airbus A350. Apart from this, the airline also received a go ahead for line maintenance on new Airbus A320neo fleet.
Air India A350 line maintenance
On December 15th, Air India announced that it has received approval from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for engineering line maintenance of the upcoming Airbus A350 fleet and new Airbus A320neo fleet. This clearance simply means that now, Air India can get the delivery of its first Airbus A350. It is one step closer for that.
DGCA has inspected, evaluated and tested the systems and procedures of the MRO facilities. Air India engineers are certified to be able to perform maintenance tasks in a way that complies with all airworthiness requirements in a safe and efficient manner. This certification is provided by the Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) 145.
As per the approval, DGCA has certified the engineers of all TATA group airlines for attending to any work related to engineering or maintenance of the Airbus A350.
The airline is waiting for delivery of its first Airbus A350. It is due to get delivery of first Airbus A350 by the end of this month.
Air India Chief Technical Officer Sisira Kanta Dash said that this approval will further motivate us to maintain the highest level of technical dispatch reliability for our fleet, which naturally includes the A350, and to ensure its seamless operation.
Preparation for delivery
First batch of approximately 30 engineers have undergone OEM training at Airbus facility in Toulouse. Air India has dispatched three batches from all three TATA Group airlines – Air India, Vistara and AIX Connect for specialist training sessions in Toulouse.
Some technical staff has been sent to Singapore for hands on experience on the Airbus A350 with SIA Engineering Company. This training includes everyday MRO operations such as turnaround inspections and scheduled maintenance activities.
Senior Executives from the Engineering department have undergone A350 General Familiarization Course to ensure knowledge and understanding of the aircraft.
Moreover, the airline is working with SIA Engineering Company to make sure that its engineers have practical experience in terms of day to day operations.