Formerly known as Cardiff Aviation, Caerdav was started by Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson with help from the Welsh Government.
After a rocky start, the MRO specialist has contracts with EasyJet and TUI amongst others for maintenance on short to medium range airliners such as the A320 and Boeing 737.
Making the announcement Ryanair’s Director of Operations, Neal McMahon, said: “Our 5-year growth plan will grow our fleet to over 600 aircraft and we are pleased to announce this agreement with Caerdav to conduct maintenance at their modern MRO facility in Cardiff this winter. This agreement will allow Ryanair to utilise 2 heavy maintenance slots, with aircraft coming in nose to tail for the upcoming winter season. Caerdav has an excellent reputation for a quality service offering in the industry and we are pleased to be announcing this new deal, which will ensure that Ryanair has flexibility as to where it places its aircraft for the winter maintenance season.”
The work will be carried out at Caerdav’s St Athan facility.
Richard Pitts-Robinson, Head of Commercial at Caerdav added: “We are delighted that Ryanair has felt they can put their trust in Caerdav. As a team we take great pride in offering our customers a world-leading service, and to be able to demonstrate this to an airline the size of Ryanair is very exciting indeed – we’re looking forward to welcoming the first aircraft into St. Athan.”