APELLA was founded in 1987 and has been operating since 1998 as an aircraft maintenance center certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), regularly supporting the flight operations of all Greek airlines such as Aegean, Olympic Air, Sky Express, and many others as well as the logistical needs of the Hellenic Armed Forces through competitive tender procedures. In addition, Apella is one of Lockheed Martin’s approved vendors and supports the F-16 modernization program of the HAF, which involves the gradual upgrade of its fleet to the F-16 Viper variant. APELLA also supports the global F-16 production efforts taking place at the HAI facility in Greece.
Since the beginning APELLA had successfully formed and cultivate relationships and collaborations with a multitude of US companies such as Goodyear Aviation Tires, Goodrich (now Raytheon Technologies), and Honeywell which are prominent Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of aviation material. “We feel Greece is strategically located to not only support its customer base in Southeast Europe but to also act as a portal attracting business from customers from the Middle East, North Africa and Southwest Asia who are looking for EASA-certified, quality work, not to mention associated personnel training” said Dr. Nikos Kontoyannis, Apella’s CEO. From a defence standpoint, Greece, due to its proximity to regions of perpetual instability and being a pylon of stability itself, can act as a safe maintenance and support center for peacekeeping armed forces.
With this in mind, APELLA has initiated efforts to provide, within the next 3 years, a base maintenance facility in-country that will be able to support the needs of customers in Southeast Europe and contribute to a robust and certified defence maintenance network. “We strive to provide excellence in quality and consistency in execution with low turnaround times so that our customer realizes immediate cost savings” highlighted Dr. Kontoyannis.