Sri Lankan Air Force MRO partners with British company for conversion of cargo planes
ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Engineering, the maintenance and repair arm of Sri Lanka’s national carrier, said it had partnered with UK-based Avensis Aviation to meet demand for conversions from passenger to cargo ( PTF) during the coronavirus pandemic.
“With Covid limiting passenger travel, many airlines and aircraft rental companies are converting passenger planes into freighters,” Shevantha Weerasekera, head of engineering for SriLankan Airlines, said in a statement.
“SriLankan Airlines has already converted its own aircraft and has the expertise to provide this service abroad. The freight conversion market is booming and we are getting on board at the right time.
“Avensis Aviation is the perfect partner for us as they bring the change approvals and the scope of customers.”
SriLankan had carried out the first PTF conversion on an Airbus A320 belonging to FitsAir.
Asitha Ranaweera, deputy managing director of FitsAir, said the work was completed under the Covid protocol and was working remotely with a designer, in accordance with regulatory requirements.
“Avensis Aviation provides innovative and scalable aircraft conversion solutions ranging from its conversion from a light preighter ‘LEVIS’ to the conversion of full cargo ‘NAVIS’ through its modification approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA ), ”Said Rubin Flower (Director of Business Development Avensis Aviation). .
SriLankan Engineering is an EASA approved aircraft maintenance, repair and operations facility based in Colombo and already performing third party work.
Expanding aircraft modification and conversions is part of its business expansion strategy, the airline said.
SriLankan Engineering and Avensis technical and sales teams will aggressively encourage aircraft conversion work, the airline said. (Colombo / May 15/2021)