Moscow Domodedovo Airport Adds the Wheel and Brake Service for Western-Made Aircrafts to the Roster of Ground On-Site Tech Support



    MOSCOW, Dec. 17 /CNW/ -- Moscow Domodedovo International Airport
announced the addition of wheel and brake service for western-made aircrafts
to the roster of ground on-site tech support. The service will be provided by
EAST LINE TECHNIQUE Co. Ltd., a member company of EAST LINE Group, which
operates Domodedovo -- the largest and fastest growing air-transportation hub
in the Russia and Eastern Europe.
    EAST LINE TECHNIQUE is a pioneer in provision of service of this type in
Russia: the facility at the Domodedovo Airport is the first independent
provider of wheel and brake RMS in the Russian Federation and the CIS.
    "Tire and wheel integrity is a very important component of air travel
safety and comfort," says Daria Korshunova, Moscow Domodedovo International
Airport Director of Public Relations. "Addition of this new facility is yet
another contribution to the overall highest standards of service we aim to
offer carriers and air travelers at Domodedovo."
    The market analysis by EAST LINE Group has shown a high demand for this
type of services and proved that the launch of a wheel and brake service shop
at the Domodedovo airport would be economically effective. At the moment, the
overwhelming majority of Russian and CIS airlines do not have their own
capabilities and are therefore forced to use the services of foreign
companies. This, according to Ms. Korshunova, is associated with a number of
difficulties and high costs. "The service at Domodedovo airport will be
convenient and less pricey for our domestic and foreign clients, while meeting
the highest international standards of quality," says Domodedovo Director of
Public Relations.
    The facility was certified by the European Airworthiness Authorities in
November 2007. It is authorised to service Boeing-747 and Boeing-757 type
aircrafts, in early 2008 the shop will be certified to service Boeing-737,
Boeing-767, as well as Airbus A310 and Airbus A319/320/321 type aircrafts. The
shop will be ready to do capital repairs of wheels and brakes later on in
2008.
    The facility occupies 290 square meters and employs 10 specialists. All
personnel have undergone extensive training, including training abroad, and
are certified under EASA-145 and FAP-145 RF. For now 10 wheels and two brakes
can be serviced or repaired per shift, while the shop's development plan
implies further staff increase and production capacity expansion.
    EAST LINE TECHNIQUE organised the wheel and brake service in partnership
with such companies as Aircraft Wheels and Brakes Goodrich Corporation (Great
Britain), SAS Company (Denmark) and APPH Basingstoke MRO (Great Britain).
    The wheel and brake service shop is fitted out with modern and highly
productive equipment manufactured by KUNZ GmbH Aircraft Equipment, ITW Tiede
Non-Destructive Testing GmbH, and GE Inspection Technologies Limited. The shop
acquires its tools and expendable materials from suppliers like Dunlop
Aircraft Tyres, Aircraft Wheels and Brakes Goodrich Corporation, McGean-Rohco
Incorporated, Shell International and Dow Corning Corporation.
    The launch of the foreign-made aircraft wheel and brakes service shop is
yet another phase in the development of heavy technical maintenance forms. It
is planned that the EAST LINE TECHNIQUE aviation-technical base will be ready
for C-check by September 2008.
    EAST LINE TECHNIQUE is a member of the EAST LINE Group. It specialises in
operative servicing of foreign-made aircrafts. Founded in 2002, EAST LINE
TECHNIQUE is the only independent foreign-made aircraft technical service
centre in Russia certified under the European rules (JAR - 145 / PART - 145,
certificate No.F - 058/E).
    EAST LINE Group (www.eastline.ru/eng) includes companies engaged mostly
in provision of comprehensive ground support and airport management services.
It combines companies engaged mostly in provision of comprehensive ground
support and airport management services. The majority of EAST LINE Group
companies are based in Domodedovo International Airport, which presently is
the Russian leader in passenger flow and second in terms of cargo traffic.
EAST LINE GROUP manages Domodedovo in accordance with 75-year lease agreement.
    Moscow DOMODEDOVO International Airport  (DME, UUDD)
(http://www.domodedovo.ru/en/) is the Russian and Eastern European leader in
terms of passenger flow and one of the three best airports in the Central and
Eastern Europe. According to performance results of January - November 2007
Domodedovo maintains leading position in terms of passenger traffic in Moscow
aviation hub. Passenger throughput amounted to 17 353 311 air travelers in
January - November 2007, a 22.1% increase over the same period in 2006.
Domodedovo handled 15.37 million passengers and 126,300 tonnes of cargo in
2006.
    Auirport serves more than 100 domestic and international destinations. In
July 2007, Lufthansa announced that it will move all its Moscow operations
from Sheremetyevo International Airport to Domodedovo beginning March 31,
2008, with flights to connect Domodedovo with Berlin-Tegel, Dusseldorf,
Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Japan Airlines is to also move all its Moscow
operations to Domodedovo beginning 15 December 2007. American Airlines
announced on October 16, 2007 that the airline will begin flights from Chicago
O'Hare International Airport to Domodedovo June 2, 2008.




For further information:

For further information: PR Department of Moscow Domodedovo
International  Airport, +7-495-795-3427, yuliyapronina@eastline.ru Web Site:
http://www.domodedovo.ru/en

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