2Excel bades farewell to United Airlines ‘N2301U’

2Excel bades farewell to United Airlines ‘N2301U’.

 

On the 18th February, the team at 2Excel Engineering bade farewell to ex-easyJet Airbus A319 G-EZIM, now known by its new registration N2301U. The aircraft is now en-route to the United States flown by a United Airlines crew [pictured].

As the Airbus A319 and its crew departed Lasham Airfield, a 5,260-mile journey began. The aircraft is bound for Goodyear in the USA for storage. G-EZIM is the fourth Airbus A319 being delivered from Lasham for leasing company Aircastle for onward delivery to United Airlines. 

The aircraft had originally arrived at Lasham on 17th  of August having been withdrawn from service by easyJet. It was stored until mid-November when it entered the hangar for its end of lease Maintenance Check. Following completion of the check, G-EZIM successfully performed a demonstration flight on the 21st of January for owner, Aircastle, and new operator, United Airlines. In this instance, the flight was conducted over East Anglia and included an ILS approach and go around at Norwich Airport to check that the Autoland & ILS systems were fully operational.

Within days of completion of the flight, the aircraft was re-registered by the 2Excel Engineering team, which included application of new registration markings and changes to the identity of the aircraft’s air to ground communications data.

Our team wishes the United Airlines crew a safe onward journey. 

Thank you to all those involved.

 

 

*Map is for illustration purposes only. 
 

EASA APPROVAL AND A NEW CUSTOMER FOR LASHAM’S MRO

2021 BRINGS EASA APPROVAL AND A NEW CUSTOMER FOR LASHAM’S MRO 

The New Year has undoubtedly brought more challenges with it; the MRO industry and wider aviation sector continues to battle to retain and secure its customer basesnot to mention the complications associated with the UK’s departure from the European Union. However, perseverance, flexibility and remaining agile to the changing nature of the pandemic are traits embedded in 2Excel Engineering.  

The New Year also brought some good news: The approval of 2EE’s EASA certificate.  

2Excel Engineering has held aEASA MRO Approval since the business started on the 4th of January 2016Prior to ‘Brexit’, this approval allowed 2Excel to maintain aircraft from all over Europe – or any country that accepted EASA airworthiness standards.   

Compliance Manager, George Turcu, tells us more: The impending challenge presented by ‘Brexit meant that we could have been in a situation where our only approval would restrict us to G-Registered aircraft and we may have lost the legal rights to work on other aircraft from other parts of the world, and Europe especially. 

This EASA approval has reversed this worry and we have two certificates – meaning we are now back to where we were before Brexit, our engineering capabilities remain the sameIn terms of what we can provide to our existing and new customers, nothing has changed. The approval allows us to remain on the European and global market and provide the same quality services to everyone. News we are thankful for as, even though the UK market was fruitfulwe were receiving aircraft from all over Europe and the Middle East – important markets for us. 

Last year’s EASA Audit was conducted by the UK CAA, which acted on behalf of EASA. George continues: At some point soon, we will be audited by both authorities, UK CAA and EASA themselves and a large proportion of my job will be to ensure that our organisation is ready and prepared and both audits will go smoothly. Whilst we have demonstrated our potential to UK CAA, we need to maintain and even increase our high standards of compliance to satisfy both authorities in this new situation, which can only increase our reputation on the markets. 

The EASA Approval also means that there will be no customs difficulties. The services and commercial issues between Europe and UK remain similar following the agreement – in other words, business as usual. More so, earlier this month, 2Excel Engineering welcomed its first European based customer following the end of the Brexit transition. 

Map is for illustration purposes only.  
Our scope and geographical range of approvals means our customer base is varied. 

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