STS Eyes Further Expansion of Line Station Network
STS Line Maintenance plans to add more line stations in the U.S. and overseas after announcing the opening of new locations at airports soon to be vacated by HAECO Americas Line Services.
On Tuesday (Dec. 6), Florida-headquartered STS confirmed it will open new maintenance stations at airports in Boston, Burbank, Denver, Newark, New York, Orlando, Minneapolis, Omaha, Phoenix and Ft. Myers following HAECO Americas Line Services’ announcement in October that it would close its U.S. stations at the locations by the end of 2016. HAECO’s overseas line maintenance bases will remain operational.
The move will bring the number of STS-operated line stations in the U.S. to 24. The company also opened its first overseas line station in September in Nassau, Bahamas – and group president Mark Smith says this expansion trend at home and abroad is set to continue.
“We have our eyes focused on continued expansion,” Smith says. “In the future, we will continue to open new stations in the U.S., but we also have our eyes on a few new opportunities overseas.”
Smith states that by opening up the new line stations, STS will be able to offer “more robust” coverage to airline customers while also holding a capability to provide a single aircraft maintenance solution.
The expansion is also opening up potential new customer opportunities, Smith says. “We are gaining some new customers from this expansion - many are foreign carriers,” adding that the airline customers are presently confidential due to non-disclosure agreements being in place.
Having committed to retaining most of the HAECO technicians in preparation of a January 1, 2017 start, Smith estimates around 65 per cent of HAECO line maintenance technicians have taken up new roles with STS.
“The ratio really was dependent on location,” he says. “In some stations, all of the former HAECO employees accepted jobs with us. In other stations, some left and went to work directly for airlines.”