S7 Technics has received authorisation from the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) to provide maintenance services for the Embraer E170 aircraft at its Irkutsk line station.

The company’s base at Novosibirsk Tolmachevo Airport was previously the only facility able to maintain Embraer E170s in Siberia and the Russian Far East. Experts have been performing periodic maintenance checks on the aircraft type for two years at the site.

Launched in 2006, the Irkutsk line station received approval to perform line maintenance works on the E170 aircraft this month.

S7 Technics’ specialists intend to start maintaining the aircraft type within the fleet of S7 Airlines next month.

S7 Technics regional sales director Sergey Kravchenko said: “Approval for the provision of maintenance works on the Embraer E170 at our acting line station at Irkutsk airport now allows S7 Airlines to schedule flights of these regional aircraft from Irkutsk to non-base airports.”

The company has purchased all the necessary equipment and tools such as spare parts and consumables, as part of its preparation for launching new E170 capabilities.

It said that the station’s specialists have been trained to work on the new work model of aircraft at certified training centres in Russia and Poland.

The work authorisation will now enable the specialists to have 24/7 access to Embraer’s technical documentation.

S7 Technics also provides ongoing line maintenance services at five other Russian airports namely Tolmachevo, Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Vladivostok and Yakutsk.

Last month, Russian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider S7 Technics began manufacturing plastic products using vacuum thermoforming, which allows the company to produce a wide range of items for aircraft interiors.