FL Technics announced it has extended its MRO capabilities to include 737NGs, an investment it says amounted to approximately LTL2.5 million ($1 million) in equipment and training.

“We have prepared the necessary technical base, trained our personnel and received all necessary certificates to accept Boeing 737 NG aircraft in our main base in Vilnius and in our Line stations worldwide. This will provide FL Technics with a strong competitive advantage in the Eastern European region, since quite a number of airlines decided to switch to this type of aircraft. The amount of this aircraft is likely to increase in both CIS countries and EU flight market. Therefore, offering a high service quality and competitive price, it will make us a serious competitor of the other EU maintenance providers," CEO Jonas Butautis said.

Two 737NGs have arrived at its Vilnius facility and maintenance has begun.

The Lithuanian company extended its EASA Part 145, Part 147 and Part M certificates and offers total technical and engineering support, as well as maintenance training services for the 737NG. In 2010 it plans to extend its EASA Part 145, Part 147 and Part M activities with A320 and ATR 42/72 aircraft types as well, which will allow it to service most operators based within 1000-1500 km radius, it said.

FL Technics also services 737, 757, and SAAB 2000s/-340 aircraft. According to Butautis, FL Technics were the first to take up Boeing 737 Classic in the Baltic States and in post-Soviet area.