BAE Systems announces new regional aircraft contracts and support initiatives
25 May 2012
BAE Systems has announced a range of new contract wins across its Regional Aircraft Support and Engineering businesses and outlined new initiatives for improved support offerings.
Swiss International Airlines has signed a five-year JetSpares contract covering its fleet of 20 Avro RJ100 regional jetliners, while leading European cargo airline, West Atlantic has concluded a three-year MACRO deal for all 44 ATP turboprops in its fleet.
BAE Systems' engineering business has also benefitted from a new growth strategy, and building upon its success with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation of Japan, it has secured further design engineering work from four additional new Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers.
Over the past two years this new strategy has meant that the proportion of third-party engineering revenues from outside BAE Systems has grown from 35 per cent in 2010 to an estimated 92 per cent this year.
BAE Systems has also won spares support business from Eznis Airways of Mongolia, North Cariboo Air of Canada and Dragon Air Management of South Africa – for its new ‘Parts Plus’ spares delivery service.
The company also announced that it has reached agreement with Kuehne & Nagel (K+N) to place a quantity of BAe 146/Avro RJ consumable and rotable spares into K+N’s existing Miami warehouse facility to better serve existing and new operators of these aircraft in the Latin American market.
Locating spares close to operators has also led to the decision by BAE Systems to place an extra consignment stock of spares for the Avro RJ close to London City Airport this summer for the duration of the Olympic Games.
Housed in a CityJet storage facility, the extra spares will be available to all Avro RJ operators serving the airport during the busy Olympic period and so help maintain a reliable service schedule.
The company also revealed a new support initiative that will benefit its Jetstream turboprop operators. It has reached agreement with Propulsion International of California for the joint marketing and sales of a Honeywell TPE331 engine rate-per-flying hour support programme for the Jetstream family of aircraft.
BAE Systems also announced a new agreement to extend its support solutions for the BAe 146/Avro RJ with Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems of Coventry, UK under which it will now offer wheels and brakes maintenance support for new operators of the BAe 146/Avro RJ.