Posted on: 21 June 2016 by Mark Howells
CommutAir has selected AAR to provide ongoing support for its newly inducted ERJ 145 aircraft.
Under two new multi-year agreements, AAR will provide full cost per flight hour services for rotable components including inventory management, logistics, overhaul and repair. In addition, AAR will also provide wheel, tyre and brake maintenance and inventory services for the new fleet under a full cost per landing structure.
“Our goal was to partner with a turnkey service provider offering predictable costs and superior reliability as we execute our growth plans as a regional partner of United Airlines,” stated Subodh Karnik, president and CEO, CommutAir. “The depth and breadth of AAR is very impressive, and we look forward to partnering with them to carry out our promise to deliver a safe and reliable product for our customers, partners and employees.”
The contracts bundle the capabilities of two AAR divisions into a single tip-to-tail fleet support offering. Component repairs – including wheels, tires and brakes – will be performed at AAR Landing Gear in Miami; AAR Component Services in Garden City, New York; and other AAR-managed repair facilities.
Elsewhere, AAR Supply Chain Services will manage component inventory, logistics and repair cycles, accessing rotable and replacement parts through its global warehouse and supply network. Both contracts include a guaranteed service level.
As part of the deals, AAR will deploy its proprietary predictive-maintenance software to ensure the right parts are in the right place at the right time. The company will also allow CommutAir access to its digital platform, which allows the airline to track the company’s work.
“CommutAir recognised AAR has the bandwidth, expertise and experience to support its fleet maintenance and growth strategy,” declared Ken Hein, SVP of AAR’s supply chain. “This is the latest example of AAR’s unique ability to provide tip-to-tail support of new and legacy fleets. We are excited to grow our longstanding partnership.”