RAS completes European and African Expansions for Regional Airlines’ MRO
Regional Airlines Get Expansion News at Barcelona ERA and Madrid MRO Conventions

Barcelona, Spain. September 30, 2014 – Here is your chance. Rheinland Air Service (RAS) has been busy completing their latest European and African expansions. But RAS is slowing down just long enough to attend the fall 2014 ERA and MRO conventions. So here is your chance to get the latest RAS expansion news:

  • Booth A13 at the European Regions Airline Association era2014 General Assembly, September 30–October 2, 2014. Catalunya Congress Centre in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Booth 490 (Hall 4) at the Aviation Week MRO Europe Conference, October 7–9, 2014. IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, Spain.

RAS’ central European headquarters in Mönchengladbach, near Düsseldorf, Germany, is completing an expansion that effectively doubles the size of the state-of-the-art facility. Driven by continued airline demand for expert maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, RAS added a second large hangar with shops and space for six ATR 42/72 aircraft. The 8,500m² facility also features an ever-growing parts warehouse, which includes many hard-to-find parts made available by the company’s “parting out” of surplus ATR aircraft.

Complementing their ATR network partner capabilities, RAS also has the flexibility to provide comprehensive EASA Part 145 approved MRO on other aircraft. Airbus A318–321, Boeing 737-Classic to NG, Bombardier DHC-8, Fokker F27 Mk050, Jetstream, and Shorts are among the wide variety of aircraft that RAS expertly maintains, repairs, and overhauls.

“When they look closer, the region’s airlines discover that RAS offers them many unique advantages,” said COO Walter Lange. “Our flexibility, convenience, competence, and customer-focused services clearly set us apart.”

RAS is also completing an expansion of their African facility in Windhoek, Namibia. A large new hangar makes RAS’ Aviation Centre a convenient MRO destination for regional carriers. Airlines can now replace expensive long ferry flights to Europe with a short local stop. New approvals have been recently received from Botswana and South Africa. Aviation Centre will also become the Sub-Saharan destination for professional Embraer ERJ 135/145 MRO services.

“Regional carriers appreciate that they finally have a practical alternative for local service,” said Martin Funck, Windhoek Managing Director. “As we continue to get this location up and running, operators get a valuable new MRO choice, which also provides new employment opportunities for local technicians. That is a win-win situation for the region, for RAS, and for the airlines.”

About Rheinland Air Service
RAS is a recognized leader in aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), plus aircraft sales, support, and fueling. With over 40 years of technical expertise, and employing about 210 people across Europe and Africa, the RAS companies reliably serve business, general, and commercial aviation.
For commercial airlines, RAS offers a full range of EASA-certified maintenance. RAS was the first ATR maintenance network partner in Europe and also offers ATR part-out services. For business and general aviation, RAS offers qualified maintenance, as well as sales of HondaJet, DAHER-SOCATA TBM series, and is a Piaggio Authorized Service Center. RAS manages FBO handling services for passengers and crews at Munich (OBF, EDMO) and Düsseldorf-Mönchengladbach (MGL, EDLN) airports.

RAS also offers JET A1 fuel and into-plane refueling service at Berlin Schönefeld (SXF, EDDB), Düsseldorf-Weeze (NRN, EDLV), Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), Frankfurt International (FRA, EDDF), Mönchengladbach (MGL, EDLN), and Stuttgart (EDDS, STR).

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For further information please contact:

Walter Lange, COO
Rheinland Air Service GmbH
Flughafenstrasse 31
D-41066 Mönchengladbach

T.: +49-2161-9948-100
E: w.lange@ras.de