Estonian operator Panaviatic is renting the largest aircraft maintenance complex in the Baltic states, which has opened at Tallinn airport. The total hangar space is 5,230 sqm and the investment was close to five million euros. The facility, which is heated all year round, accommodates eight midsized business jets and one aircraft the size of a Boeing 737.
Supervisory board chairman Jüri Pihl says the complex is perfectly situated: “Tallinn is our home base and we benefit from a great location in the vicinity of St. Petersburg, Moscow and eastern European countries.” He believes that growth is taking place in eastern Europe as well as Russia.
The company operates a homogenous fleet of Learjets, with a 60XR, four 60s and a 31, but is considering upgrading its fleet in response demand. “We are constantly in talks about new aircraft and we are ready to accept larger business jets from Bombardier,” adds Pihl.
In addition to its charter operation Panaviatic is involved in aircraft management, executive handling, maintenance and consulting.
The fact that the hangar is heated has great potential: “The modern hangars improve our maintenance and aircraft management,” Pihl continues. “Parking in a heated hangar has been sorely lacking here in Tallinn as our winter temperature can drop to minus 30°C.”
From this month on, the company will offer line maintenance for the Learjet and Challenger series as well as Learjet base maintenance. Panaviatic is also in the process of developing its own mobile repair team for the aforementioned types, is expanding its warehouse stock size and plans to offer exterior washing.