Jun 28, 2022

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European Union revokes Kenya Airways plane servicing licence

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has revoked a license it granted to Kenya Airways (KQ) to service UK registered aircraft after it failed a compliance check.

Kenya’s national airline said that the agency revoked the license because during the certification audit the agency required KQ to separate part of its general storage and have a temperature control device in accordance with European standards.

EASA is a certification and Regulatory Authority, which covers airlines operating in Europe and those wishing to carry out maintenance for airlines registered in Europe.

It carries out certification, regulation and standardization and also carries out investigations and surveillance.< /p>

“As you may know, we are in the tropics and our manuals do not require that we use temperature cons.” trolls like in Europe, where there are extremes,” Gilbert Bett, KQ director of technology, told Business Daily on Friday. p>

“However, we are working on compliance.”

Kenya Airways had EASA certification (EASA Part 145 requirements for a Part 145 maintenance) as part of the strategic growth for maintenance, repair and Operations (MRO) and the prospect of service and maintenance of European registered aircraft.

EASA is one of the certification bodies that KQ works with. The primary regulatory body for the national airline is the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

KQ has always complied with EASA and all certification requirements of other regulatory and certification organizations.

“Compliance is our license to operate. That’s why we worked with EASA. It is part of our MRO to serve and maintain European Union registered airlines.”

The license revocation will deny KQ aircraft maintenance revenue for European Union registered airlines.

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The airline said it does not have any aircraft in maintenance that require EASA certification.

“There is no revenue loss as there is no aircraft under maintenance that requires EASA certification. We have no European-registered aircraft under maintenance,” Mr Bett said.

The airline has diversified into new revenue streams to bolster its revenue, which totaled Sh70.22 billion for the year ended December , partially offset by alternative sources such as air charter services.

For example, in 2021 the national carrier struck an agreement with lessors to pay only if they fly leased aircraft after their services have ceased the reverse of Covid -19, during which planes remained idle.

The plan saw the airline save $45 million (Ksh 4.7 billion) in fees after easing lease terms on its fleet of aircraft changed and opted for hourly rates instead of fixed costs.

Planes on the ground

However, two lessors defied their new payment terms in April, leading to that they grounded their planes at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The new regulation brings the cost of maintaining the fleet to Ksh 28.5 billion (US$244 million) in 2020 down to t o Ksh 16.6 billion (US$ 142 million) last year.

The airline trimmed its net loss for the year ended December by 56.58 percent on higher revenues as travel increased with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

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KQ reported a net loss of Ksh 15.8 billion ($135 million). Reporting period compared to a net loss of Ksh 36.2 billion (US$310 million) a year earlier when travel restrictions hit operations hardest, including months of grounding.

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