ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Engineering, the maintenance and repair arm of Sri Lanka’s national carrier said it had teamed with UK based Avensis Aviation to meet a demand for passenger to freighter conversions (PTF) during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“With Covid restricting passenger travel, many airlines and aircraft leasing companies are converting passenger aircraft into cargo 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 offer this service externally. The cargo conversion market is booming, and we are getting onboard at the right time.
“Avensis Aviation is the ideal partner for us as they bring in the modification approvals and the customer reach.”
SriLankan had carried out the first PTF conversion on an Airbus A320 belonging to FitsAir.
Asitha Ranaweera Deputy Chief Officer for FitsAir said the work was completed amid Covid protocol and working remotely with a designer, meeting regulatory requirements.
“Avensis Aviation provides innovative and scalable aircraft conversion solutions ranging from its light ‘LEVIS’ Preighter conversion to ‘NAVIS’ full freighter conversion through its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved modification,” Rubin Flower (Director of Business Development Avensis Aviation) said.
SriLankan Engineering is an EASA approved aircraft maintenance, repair and operations facility based in Colombo already carrying out third party work.
The expansion into aircraft modification and conversions is part of its strategy to expand business, the airline said.
The technical sales teams of SriLankan Engineering and Avensis will aggressively promote aircraft conversion work, the airline said. (Colombo/May15/2021)