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“We at Adria Tehnika are fully aware of the responsibility that comes with what we do – responsibility to our customers, employees and the environment we live in,” says CEO Maksimiljan Pele. “That is why we work very hard to provide our customers with quality service, short downtimes and competitive prices. Airplanes do not earn their owners money when they are on the ground, but they must be safe when they are in the sky.”

Founded in 1961, Adria Tehnika has grown steadily over the years, continually adding certifications to service new aircraft to its range. Today it provides maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions for a wide variety of different aircraft including popular aircraft from the Airbus A 320 family as well as Canadair Regional Jets from Bombardier (CRJ 100/200/700/900/1000). It is headquartered at Ljubljana airport and employs 210 people.

“Our maintenance engineers work on a three shift rota to provide 24/7 service,” says Mr. Pele. “We have a total of 308,000 man hours available each year.” Adria operates out of three hangars, 7,000 m2 in size, each of which can accommodate Airbus A 321 aircraft.

A new 700 m² workshop was also recently completed to accommodate the tools and equipment needed to carry out maintenance tasks. Component maintenance is carried out on wheels, brakes and avionics systems using state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair equipment.

The company has different workshops for sheet metal processing, composite repairs, interior overhauls and external repainting. Domestic airlines account for 25% of its business while international carriers account for the remainder. Its customers are major airlines such as Adria Airways, Air France, SAS, Wizzair and Alliance Air, as well as a host of other airlines worldwide.

“We offer an ideal location in the center of Europe within just one or two hours of most major European cities,” says Mr. Pele. “We have daily connections to major operational hubs such as Frankfurt, Germany, which means we can quickly source aircraft parts when needed.”

Having built up a strong reputation and track record, Adria Tehnika is keen to expand further. Despite the crisis, air travel is a growth industry. “We want to expand maintenance with the Airbus family of aircraft and the Bombardier CSeries. Additional employees and intensive training for qualified technicians will be required to help us increase production man hours to 400,000,” concludes Mr. Pele.

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