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Direct Maintenance opens its next line station at Lusaka Kenneth Kuanda Airport, Zambia (LUN)

The first Emirates A330 has landed at Lusaka Kenneth Kuanda Airport in Zambia, the latest destination for both Direct Maintenance and Emirates - since 01 Feb 2012

01 Feb 2012 : Direct Maintenance has opened its latest line station today at Lusaka Kenneth Kuanda Airport, Zambia, three letter code LUN. The new LUN line station is now EASA Part-145 and UAE GCAA certified.

Zambia is a landlocked country in the southern part of Africa, one of the fastest growing economies on the African continent and blessed with massive natural reserves. Mining (incl copper) is a big business in Zambia, attracting investments from China for example. In addition Zambia hosts the famous Victoria Falls, a world wonder, which is located in the south, on the border with Zimbabwe, receiving many visitors from around the world. The Victoria Falls have been discovered by the famous Dr. Livingston back in 1855. Zambia has about 12 million inhabitants of which around 2 million live in the capital Lusaka.

According Roger Meels, Technical Director : "Opening up a new remote line station never comes without challenges, which we have been fortunate to overcome timely, due to the great support we have received from the LUN Airport Authority NACL as well as our dedicated staff. Please allow me to thank on this special occasion Mrs. Agness Chaila, Planning & Business Development Manager as well as Friday Mulenga, Airport Manager, for their continuous support and cooperation. This new LUN line station is a further milestone in our long standing teaming with our loyal customer Emirates, being the first time both companies move into new destinations jointly at the same time. All of us at Direct Maintenance enjoy our partnership very much and are keen assisting Emirates to ensure LUN and HRE become successful destinations within their network."

Direct Maintenance staff under the belly of the first A330 operated by Emirates at Lusaka Kenneth Kuanda Airport, the latest line maintenance station opened by Direct Maintenance as from 01 Feb 2012

Launch customer for Direct Maintenance in Lusaka is Dubai based Emirates, having commenced A330 flights into Lusaka as from today. As part of the arrangement, Direct Maintenance staff will also provide certifying support for Emirates as well in Harare, Zimbabwe (HRE), through riding engineer duties.

Emirates’ line station management was quoted today, saying :

"Please accept my personal thanks to you and all the Direct Maintenance team for the hard work, sweat, sleep deprivation, travel and sacrifices which you have all endured to start this operation and to be ready for day 1"

For more enquiries about Direct Maintenance, please contact Roger Meels at your convenience.

Bookings with Emirates into Lusaka or Harare can be made through

For making contact with Lusaka Airport, please e-mail Agness Chaila, Planning & Business Development Manager.