HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance GmbH was recently granted its Maintenance Organization Approval from Germany’s Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt LBA) for its VIP Maintenance Division. VIP Maintenance commenced operations on November 20th, 2014, in its 4,300 m² hangar dedicated to VIP customers at the Airport Erfurt-Weimar, welcoming the first Gulfstream G550 owned by Silk Way Airlines, based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Currently, HAITEC VIP Maintenance, an EASA-Part 145 organization, has approvals for Gulfstream G550 and the Airbus 320 family and, besides Standard Line and Base Maintenance, will concentrate on cabin refurbishment and interior design applications. “Since 2008, HAITEC has been providing Line and Base Maintenance for almost all types of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, as well as the MD-11 and Gulfstream GV-SP. We have approvals from Russia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bermuda and Azerbaijan and are in preparation for obtaining further approvals. Concurrently, our workforce planning is in full swing as we want to grow our VIP team in Erfurt to about 100 professionals by the end of 2017,” says Michael Bock, CEO of HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance GmbH. The new VIP facilities in Erfurt are part of a grand investment of €30m to significantly increase HAITEC’S competitiveness and aircraft maintenance capacities over the course of the next three years.