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Air India gets DGCA approval for A350 engineering maintenance
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Air India gets DGCA approval for A350 engineering maintenance

| @indiablooms | 16 Dec 2023, 02:46 am

Gurugram: Air India has received the DGCA approval for engineering line maintenance of A350 and A320 aircraft, the Tata Group-owned airline said on Friday.

“This is a major step forward in ensuring the smooth operation and maintenance of the six A350 aircraft which is set to join the Air India fleet, with the first one expected to land by the month end,” the carrier said in a press statement.

Along with this key approval, Air India engineers also received the DGCA certification for attending to any work related to the maintenance of A350 aircraft, it said.

Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) 145 provides certification to ensure that the processes, systems, and controls at the MRO have been thoroughly reviewed, evaluated, and tested by India’s aviation regulator DGCA and is certified to have the capability to perform maintenance tasks safely and effectively conforming to all the airworthiness requirements.

“This approval will further inspire us to ensure smooth operation of our fleet, including, of course, the A350, with the highest technical despatch reliability,” said S.K. Dash, Chief Technical Officer, Air India.

“Air India is the first Indian airline to induct the technologically advanced A350 into its operations. The Engineering team of Air India has been gearing up to welcome the A350 aircraft and ensure that all necessary checks, maintenance, and repairs is available from the outset in the Air India facilities itself,” the statement said.

The carrier said that the engineering teams comprising Air India, Vistara, and AIX Connect representatives have successfully completed training at the Airbus centre in Toulouse.

The specialized courses on Structure Assessment and Engine Run Up have been conducted, enhancing the team's expertise in handling the A350.

Senior executives from the Engineering department have undergone A350 General Familiarization Course to ensure comprehensive domain knowledge and understanding of the aircraft.

Besides the engineers, technicians have received extensive training in General Familiarization to ensure smooth servicing and operation of the A350 aircraft.

“In collaboration with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC), Air India has been ensuring that its aircraft engineers have a hands-on experience of scheduled maintenance activities, turn-around inspections, and other essential orientation to have an immersive experience to handle the requirements of the A350 aircraft before it starts joining the fleet,” read the statement.

Besides, the engineers have been participating in workshops on A350 for a comprehensive familiarity with the aircraft.

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