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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1995. AKA SOCIETE DE TRANSPORT AERIEN REGIONAL. FORMERLY STAR EUROPE. AKA "STARWAYS." INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
10 ALLEE BIENVENUE
92885 NOISY LE GRAND, FRANCE
FRANCE (FRENCH REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 843, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 551,700 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 59 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS PARIS, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FRENCH.
MARCH 1996: CHARTERS FOR MAJOR SHAREHOLDER LOOK VOYAGES (49.6%). PARTIALLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF AIR TRANSAT (AIJ).
1 737-300, (TEF) WET-LEASED, PARIS (CDG) TO TENERIFE. +2 737-300'S, AWAS (AWW) LEASED.
APRIL 1996: HAS 1 737-300, (EBA) LEASED UNTIL OCTOBER 1996 & 2 737-400'S, (GUI) 5 YEAR LEASED. WANTS 2 LONG HAUL WIDE BODIES BY THE END OF 1996, & 2 NARROW BODIES IN 1997.
60 EMPLOYEES SOON TO INCREASE TO 120.
DECEMBER 1996: CITY BIRD (CTY), BRUSSELS, OPERATING MD-11, 400 PASSENGERS (PAX), ON BEHALF OF (STU), FROM REUNION ISLES TO WEST INDIES.
JANUARY 1997: 1996 = 220,000 PASSENGERS.
MARCH 1997: 2 A320'S (CFM56), 180 PAX, TO REPLACE 737'S ON EUROPEAN CHARTER SERVICES, GATX LEASED TO SERVE DAKAR, SENEGAL, AND LUXOR, EGYPT. STARTED OPERATIONS IN DECEMBER 1995 WITH 737'S, NOW BEING RETURNED TO (GUI).
OCTOBER 1997: 2 737-497'S (25663; 25664), RETURNED TO LESSOR.
NOVEMBER 1997: CHANGED NAME FROM "STAR EUROPE" TO "STAR AIRLINES."
2 A320-211'S (CFM56-5B4) (737; 749), (GUI) LEASED.
MARCH 1998: NEW AQUATOUR-ALBATROS TOUR CONTRACT, TO LILLE. TO
SICILY AND ISRAEL.
1 A320 (GE), (ILF) 7 YEAR LEASED FOR NON-STOPS TO DAKAR (6 HOURS). ANOTHER A320 IN SPRING 1999.
APRIL 1998: 152 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 4 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 3 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
NOVEMBER 1998: 1 L-1011-500 (1239), AIR TRANSAT (AIJ) 2 YEAR LEASED. 1 ORDER (APRIL 1999) A320-214 (973), (ILF) LEASED.
APRIL 1999: 166 EMPLOYEES.
A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) DELIVERY.
MARCH 2000: 1999 AFTER TAX = +$1.75 MILLION (NET PROFIT) (+128%): 784,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).
APRIL 2000: 300 EMPLOYEES. SITA CODE: PASHER.
MAIN BASE: PARIS AIRPORT (CDG).
APRIL 2001: 300 EMPLOYEES.
JUNE 2001: 2 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2002) A330-300'S. TO BE USED FOR SERVICE TO CANCUN, CUBA, AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
DECEMBER 2001: TO MOMBASA FOR LOOK VORAGES (A320, WEEKLY CHARTER).
FISCAL YEAR (FY), ENDING OCTOBER 2001 = +EUR 109.9 MILLION (+5%).
JANUARY 2002: BRINGING FORWARD ITS 6TH A320 TO APRIL 2002 AFTER SIGNING A CONTRACT WITH AQUATOURS FOR 2,400 HOUR FROM LILLE.
IN NOVEMBER 2002, 2ND A330-200 WILL BE LEASED 6 MONTHS TO AFFILIATE, AIR TRANSAT (AIJ) ALONG WITH 2 A320'S.
MARCH 2002: 1 A320-200 (CFM56-5A3) (1692), GATX (GAX) LEASED.
APRIL 2002: 301 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (CDG).
November 2002: Seasonal exchange with Air Transat (AIJ), where (STU) 2 A320's will be exchanged with 2 (AIJ) A330-300's.
December 2002: 1 A330-243 (501), (ILF) 9 year leased.
March 2003: 2 L-1011-500's bought from BWIA West Indies Airways (TTA).
June 2003: Forms a subsidiary called Star International to operate charters with 1 A330-322.
A330-322 (171, F-GJSV), CIT (TCI) leased, wet-leased to Corsair (COR).
November 2003: A320-214 (737, F-GRSG), wet-leased to Ait Transat (AIJ).
May 2004: 392 employees (including 177 Flight Crew (FC), & 67 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
Subsidiary of Transat AT Inc.
Finalized a 3-year contract with Club Mediterranee ensuring 27,000 flight hours and the use of 3 A320's/A321's during summer seasons and 2 during winter seasons. The agreement covers the transport of Club Med and subsidiary Jet Tours passengers from France to Mediterranean destinations. By summer 2005, Star Airlines (STU) should operate about half the tour operator's medium-haul traffic. The partners will cooperate on a long-haul flight program including destinations like the Maldives, Mexico, and Brazil in the coming winter season. 2 years ago, Club Med and Jet Tours signed a similar accord with Air France (AFA).
November 2004: A320-214 (749) returned to (GUI).
December 2004: In March 2005, Paris (CDG) - Beirut.
A330-243 (635, F-GSEU), (ILF) leased.
July 2005: 559 employees (including 296 Flight Crew (FC), & 79 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
December 2005: A310-325 (624, TF-ELR), Islandsflug (ISF) wet-leased.
February 2006: Avion Group, parent of wet-lease specialist Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID), announced that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of French charter carrier Star Airlines (STU). Purchase price was not disclosed, but the Icelandic transportation solutions group said it is financing the acquisition through equity and debt. Star (STU) was owned by Franco-Egyptian businessman Raymond Lakah.
"(STU) represents a fantastic opportunity for Avion to grow in continental Europe," Chairman Magnus Thorsteinsson said. "(STU) gives Avion an access to a big market with a lot of potentials."
(STU) is France's 2nd-largest charter carrier, transporting approximately 0.9 million passengers in 2005 aboard a fleet of 4 A320s and 2 A330-200s. (STU) employs 460 and operates services mainly to Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern destinations. In 2003, it launched scheduled flights to Lebanon, Mali and Mexico. It reported revenues of €173 million/$207 million and (EBITDA) of €1.9 million in 2005, but according to Le Figaro was on the brink of insolvency and no longer could pay its mounting fuel bills. Avion said it is "projecting a substantial growth" in Star's 2006 (EBITDA) thanks to cost savings implemented through synergies with other Avion entities.
Avion Group is best known for its wet-lease (ACMI) provider Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) but also is building interests in charter and leisure segments. Its Charter & Leisure Division includes Excel Airways Group (SBE) and TravelCity Direct. Last month, it was negotiating to acquire insolvent German airline Aero Flight (ACH)/(AEF).
Upon completion of the (STU) acquisition, Avion (AID) is expected to carry approximately 7 million passengers on an annual basis. It currently operates a fleet of around 60 Boeing (TBC) and Airbus (EDS) airplanes. In December, it signed a contract for an additional 4 777Fs, having bought the same number in September.
May 2006: Avion Group said its new Germany-based carrier, "Star Europe (SGU)," will start flying this summer from Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne and Stuttgart to unspecified destinations in Eastern and Southern Europe and the Middle East. It initially will operate 3 A320s with plans for additional airplanes in the future. Martin Greiffenhagen was appointed (CEO). "There are significant opportunities to develop a strong market presence and we look forward to an exciting future for this operation," Avion Executive Chairman Magnus Thorsteinsson said. "We look forward to operating in the German market with 80 million people, whose travel patterns are similar to those in the UK. We will use our knowhow within Excel Airways (SBE) Group to establish a similar operation in Germany."
Avion Group projects to invest approximately €10 million in establishing and growing the operation and expects "Star Europe (SGU)'s" revenues to be nearly €30 million this year. It said Star (SGU)'s initial flights will be operated through Germanwings (RFG) and domestic tour operators.
Avion is best known for its (ACMI) provider, Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID), but also is building interests in charter and leisure segments. Its Charter & Leisure Division includes Excel Airways (SBE) Group and Star Airlines (STU), the French charter carrier, it acquired in February. It now holds Air Operator Certificates (AOC)s in the UK, France and Germany and has more than 37 airplanes in operation. In a recent presentation accompanying the purchase of (STU), the Avion Group stated it "aims to be the leading charter airline in Europe."
August 2006: The Avion Group said it formed a joint venture with Australasian airline group Advent Air Ltd calling for Avion subsidiaries, Star Airlines (STU) of France and Star German Airlines (SGU) of Germany to provide up to 4 A320s to Advent Air subsidiary Skywest (SKD), a Perth-based Regional. Skywest (SKD) will operate the airplane from November to April, which is its peak season and Avion's low season. Additionally, Avion signed an agreement to purchase approximately 5% of Advent's currently issued share capital, representing an investment of £1.4 million/$2.7 million to be financed through Avion's equity and with debt. "The deal provides Avion Group access to the highly lucrative and fast growing Australian and Asian aviation markets through utilization of (STU)/(SGU)'s fleet, which comprise some of the newest and highest quality airplanes within the marketplace," Avion Chairman Magnus Thorsteinsson said.
October 2006: Star Airlines (STU) operates charter flights from France to the Mediterranean region and to Africa. The airline plans to enter the scheduled market.
Employees = 479 (including 222 Fight Crew (FC), & 85 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: SE - 473. (ICAO) Code: XLF (Callsign - STARWAY).
Parent organization/shareholders: Avion Group.
Owns: CAP Airlines (44%).
Main Base: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
International, scheduled destinations: Beirut; Cancun; & Male.
November 2006: "Star Airlines" (STU) of France officially became "XL Airways France" (STU). The company joins "XL Airways UK" (SBE), along with "Star German Airlines" (SGU), which becomes "XL Airways Germany" (SGU).
May 2007: A320-214 (1780), ex-Skyservice (SKB), (ILF) leased.
May 2009: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems renewed its contract with XL Airways France (STU) covering use of its flight management system database for another 3 years.
A320-214 (1780), SkyService leased (again).
July 2009: XL Airways France (STU) will operate seasonal 2x-weekly, New York (JFK) to Paris Charles de Gaulle service through September 14 aboard an A330.
June 2010: 1 737-86N (28592, SE-RHX), (ILF) 8 year leased, ex-Viking Airlines (VKN).
September 2010: A330-343E (833, EC-KCP), Iberworld (IBW) wet-leased.
October 2010: A320-211 (136, G-STRP), Astaeus (AUA) wet-leased, ex-(EC-GRF).
January 2011: 737-8Q8 (38819, F-HJUL).
SEE PHOTO - - "STU-737-8Q8-2011-01"), (ILF) leased.
March 2011: XL Airways France (STU) will launch A330-200 service to Paris Charles de Gaulle from New York (JFK) (3x-weekly) and Las Vegas (2x-weekly) on May 22. Service from New York will increase to 5x-weekly in July.
November 2011: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) was selected by XL Airways France (STU) for a 5-year power-by-the-hour (PBH) support contract, covering (STU)'s 737NG airplane fleet at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). It is (AJW)'s 1st (PBH) contract in the French aviation market and its 1st at (CDG).
January 2012: XL Airways France (STU) has announced new scheduled flights from its main base at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport as well as Nantes:
Nantes to Venice Marco Polo: 2x-weekly seasonal 737-800 service between December 8 and March 1;
Paris (CDG) to Sal to Salvador: weekly seasonal 737-800 service until April 9;
Paris (CDG) to San Francisco: 2x weekly seasonal A330-200 service between May 26 and September 8.
It is also considering launching flights linking Paris (CDG) and Mahé next summer following Air Seychelles’ (ASY) decision to stop long-haul services.
March 2012: XL Airways France (STU) is working on transforming its long-haul services into a low-cost carrier (LCC) style operation where customers will be able to purchase food and additional services ahead of travel or on the airplane. It will also equip its new A330-300 (1360) that will be delivered in September with Economy (Y) Class seats only.
April 2012: XL Airways France (STU) has been put up for sale by its owner, Icelandic bank Straumur, according to a report by French newspaper "Le Figaro." (STU) currently operates a single A320-200, 3 737-800s and 2 A330-200s on leisure routes from its base at Paris (CDG) airport and several other airports in France.
October 2012: XL Airways France (STU) will likely be sold to Swiss-US investment group BeachSide Capital, which already owns XL Airways Germany (SGU) as well. According to a news report by "Challenges.fr," (STU)'s current owner Straumur, an Icelandic bank, has entered into exclusive negotiations with BeachSide about a deal that would be expected to be reached by November. (STU) currently operates a single A320-200, 3 737-800s and 2 A330-200s on scheduled and charter services.
November 2012: XL Airways France (STU) expanded its Airbus (EDS) fleet following the delivery of its 1st brand new A330-300.
SEE PHOTO - - "STU-A330-300 - NEW-2012-11.
Operated under a leasing agreement with (GECAS) (GEF), the A330-300 is powered by (GE) (CF6-80E) engines. (STU) will fly its new A330-300 configured in a single-class layout with 408Y seats to destinations in the French Caribbean starting in December 2012.
December 2012: Transavia France (STU) expanded its winter offering from France to the French overseas outposts in both the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. On December 13th, (STU) launched flights on the 8,800 km route from Marseille (MRS) in S France, to St Denis de la Reunión (RUN) in the Indian Ocean. Weekly A330-200-operated services compete with Air Austral (AUX)’s 2x-weekly frequencies. On December 17th, (STU) also commenced serving Fort-de-France (FDF) on the Caribbean Island of Martinique, also a French overseas department. 3x-weekly flights from Paris (CDG) are operated using A330-300 in competition with Air France (AFA)’s weekly departures.
(STU) will launch 2x-weekly, Paris Orly to Essaouira service from March 1st.
January 2013: XL Airways France (STU) inaugurated flights to its fifth Caribbean destination from Paris (CDG) on December 19th, and now serves Guadeloupe’s largest city, Pointe-à-Pitre (PTP) with 3x-weekly frequencies. Services on the 6,800 km route are operated using A330-300 in competition with Air France (AFA)’s weekly 777-300ER service.
March 2013: XL Airways France (STU) will launch 3x-weekly, Paris (CDG) to Miami A330-243 service on June 28.
June 2013: XL Airways France (STU) added Miami (MIA) as the 4th destination it offers in the USA from Paris (CDG). Beginning on June 28, (STU) operates 3x-weekly flights on the 7,400 km transatlantic route using A330-200s. Until it terminates in late September, the service faces competition from daily frequencies from both Air France (AFA) and American Airlines (AAL).
A330-322 (127, CS-TRI), ex-(D-AERQ), Hi Fly (LXA) leased.
January 2014: Turkish (THY) Technic and SpiceJet (ROJ) have expanded relations with an agreement for landing gear overhauls services. Turkish (THY) will provide landing gear repair and overhaul, including spare support, for SpiceJet (ROJ)’s 23 Boeing 737-800s between 2013 and 2018. The work will be done in Istanbul, Turkey. Also, XL Airways France (STU) has signed up Turkish (THY) for base maintenance on a 737-800.
May 2014: XL Airways France ((IATA) Code: SE, based at Paris (CDG)) (STU) will lease 2 additional airplanes to boost its summer operations. (STU) revealed that 1 of the airplanes will be an A340-300 (202, CS-TQZ) on damp-lease from Portugal's Hi Fly ((IATA) Code: 5K, based at Lisbon) (LXA). Over the period late-June to early-September, the quadjet will be deployed on flights to Fort de France, Pointe à Pitre, Punta Cana, and Puerto Plata, as well as some New York (JFK) rotations.
The other airplane, a wet-leased Omni Air International ((IATA) Code: OY, based at Tulsa International) (OAE) 777-222ER (26935, N018AX), will be based out of New York (JFK) and deployed on flights from there to Paris (CDG) as well as between (CDG) and San Francisco, California over the period early-July until mid-September. Sister ship (26943, N927AX) will also be used as a back-up airplane.
(STU)'s long-haul fleet also consists of 2 A330-243s and an A330-300 used on flights to North America, the Caribbean, and various French Overseas Territories in the Indian Ocean.
September 2015: XL Airways France (STU) adds 3x-weekly, Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Los Angeles Airbus A330-200 service in June 2016, then drops to 2x-weekly in September 2016.
December 2016: XL Airways (STU) and La Compagnie airlines are merging in a bid to create a sizeable French presence in the long-haul, low cost carrier (LCC) market.
La Compagnie is an all-business (C) class airline operating 2 74-seat Boeing 757-200s between Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) and Newark Liberty International Airport. (STU), also based at (CDG), is in the low cost economy bracket and operates a small fleet of Airbus A330-200s and A330-300s.
The A330-200s have a 2-class configuration of 18PY premium and 343Y economy seats, while the larger A300-300s have a single-class, 408Y-seat layout. (STU) flies to destinations in North America, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean.
The 2 companies will band together under the umbrella of La Compagnie’s holding company, DreamJet Participations. Frantz Yvelin, La Compagnie’s Founder, (CEO) and driving force behind the merger, has resigned “to pursue other projects.” The position of (CEO) of the 2 airlines will be taken by XL Group’s current (CEO) Laurent Magnin. The 2 carriers will retain their separate identities, a spokeswoman for the group said on December 2.
The motivation for the move seems to have been the incentive to cut costs through synergies and to build both revenue and a larger presence in the marketplace. “I believe wholeheartedly in the potential of the French airline industry,” Magnin said. “The XL Group path has been remarkable, especially in the USA. This new shareholders’ model leverages our organization to enable us to achieve much more.”
Yvelin described La Compagnie as growing steadily, with load factors around the 80% LF mark. The airline offers what it describes as a business (C) class service at highly competitive prices. It began a 2nd, London Luton to New York Newark route in 2015, but cut it 3 months ago to concentrate on the Paris sector.
June 2017: A330-243 (597, F-HXXL), ex-(EC-LMN) delivery.
January 2018: XL Airways France (STU) commenced flights between Nantes (NTE) and Fort-de-France (FDF) on January 9, a service which originates at Paris (CDG). (STU) will operate the 6,523 km sector 2x-weekly, with departures from Nantes (NTE) occurring every other Tuesday. Flights, which will be operated by (STU)’s A330-200s, are scheduled to depart from Nantes at 17:20, with the aircraft having touched down from (CDG) at 16:10. The flight then arrives into Fort-de-France airport at 21:00 local time. The 1st service on this non-competed route departed 47 minutes late from Nantes. This becomes the 2nd transatlantic link from Nantes (NTE), with Air Transat (AIJ) already offering a summer seasonal service from Montreal.
March 2018: Air France (AFI) (KLM) Engineering & Maintenance (E&M) extended a deal with XL Airways (STU) to provide A330 component support/"A" Checks.
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STU-A330-300 - NEW-2012-11
1 737-8BK (CFM56-7B) (29643, OK-TVN), (TFS) WET-LSD 2010-04.
1 737-8CX (CFM56-7B) (32362, OK-TVB), (TFS) WET-LSD 2010-04.
1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (3519-38819, F-HJUL - - SEE PHOTO - - "STU-737-8Q8-2011-01"), (ILF) LSD 2011-01.
1 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (28592, SE-RHX - - SEE PHOTO - - "STU-737-86N-2010-06"), EX-VIKING AIRLINES (VKN), (ILF) 8 YR LSD.
2 757-200, REMAINS OPERATING WITH LA COMPAGNIE AIRLINES 2016-12. 74C
2 777-222ER (PW4090) (88-26935, /97 N018AX; 92-26943, /97 N927AX), OMNI AIR INTERNATIONAL (OAE) WET-LSD 2014-05 - 2014-09. 46C, 249Y.
0 A310-325ET (624, TF-ELR), (AID)/(ISF) 6 MTHS WET-LSD 2005-12.
1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (136, G-STRP), (AUA) WET-LSD 2010-10, EX-(EC-GRF).
1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (311, /92 F-HDCE), (LAJ) LSD, EX-(YL-LCE). 180Y, OR 16C, 156Y.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4) (653, /96 F-GRSD; 657, /97 F-GRSE), (GAX) 5 YR LSD TO REPLACE 737. (1692, 2002-03). RTND. 180Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (737, /97 F-GRSG; 749, /97 F-GRSH), (GUI) LSD. (737 LST (AIJ) 2003-11). 737 RF (AIJ) 2004-05. 749 RTND 2004-11. 180Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (973, /99 F-GRSI), (ILF) LSD. 180Y OR 16C, 156Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1780, /02), (ILF) 7 YR LSD. RTT (SKB) 2007-10. (SKB) LSD AGAIN 2009-05. 177Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (369, C-GTSN), (AIJ) WET-LSD 2010-12. EX-(HB-IQZ). 21C, 343Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (501, /02 F-GRSQ), (ILF) 9 YR LSD 2002-12, 21C, 343Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (635, /04 F-GSEU), (ILF) 7 YR LSD 2004-12. RTND, LST (ETH) 2006-06. 21C, 343Y.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (597, F-HXXL), EX-(EC-LMN) 2017-06. 21C, 343Y.
0 A330-300, (AIJ) WET-LSD 2002-11. 2 RTND.
0 ORDER (2012-09) A330-300 (1360). 1 NTU.
0 A330-313X (CF6-80E) (202, CS-TQZ), SEE PHOTO - - "STU-A330-300 - NEW-2012-11." RTD (HFY) 2014-08. 10F, 30C, 225Y.
0 A330-322 (CF6-80E) (171, F-GJSV, NTU), (TCI) LSD, WET-LST (COR) 2003-06.
1 A330-322 (CF6-80E) (127, CS-TRI), EX-(D-AERQ), HIFLY (LXA) LSD 2013-06.
0 A330-343E (TRENT 772B-60) (833, /07 EC-KCP - - SEE PHOTO - - "STU-A340-343E), ORBEST LSD, IBERWORLD (IBW) WET-LSD 2010-09, EX-(F-WWKO). RTND TO ORBEST 2012-04. 387Y.
0 A340-313X (CF6-80E) (202, CS-TQZ), RTND (HFY) 2014-08. 10F, 30C, 225Y.
0 L-1011-500 (1239), (AIJ) 2 YR LSD 1998-12. RTND.
0 L-1011-500 (1179; 1233), EX-(TTA), 2003-03. 3 RTND.
LAURENT MAGNIN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
GILLES BOURGES, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
PHILIPPE BOSCARDIN, VP AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS.
PATRICK NIVEAU, VP MAINTENANCE.
DANIEL DUPONT, VP AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS.
HAKIM GOUGAR, VP FINANCIAL.
LAURENT VALET, VP SALES.
ANNE-MARIE BLONDEL, VP CREW.
PATRICK LIGEROT, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE MANAGER.