Posted on: 18 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
easyJet and AJW Group have announced a deal for AJW to become the carrier’s primary provider of both component maintenance and the provision, storage and distribution of spare parts.
Under the multi-year contract, AJW will be responsible for: component repair and overhaul; supply of consumable parts such as filters and lubricants; and management of the airline’s spares inventory, including the storage and distribution of easyJet’s own extensive component inventory throughout its European network of 30 line stations.
The contract, which comes into effect in October 2015, covers easyJet’s fleet of 241 aircraft. Over the course of the contract, the airline plans to take delivery of more than 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft – including 51 Airbus A320neos – taking the fleet to 304 aircraft by 2020.
“This deal is the first stage of a programme to re-tender easyJet’s engineering and maintenance contracts worth over £200 million annually and is an important part of the drive to deliver sustainable cost savings under easyJet Lean,” explained Warwick Brady, chief operations officer for easyJet. “This new partnership with AJW will enable easyJet to realise significant savings compared with our current arrangements, as well as supporting the airline’s aim of outsourcing its technical supply chain requirements.
“AJW are well known for their innovation and dynamism and the new partnership with them provides easyJet with a combination of value and cultural alignment, which we believe will bring continuous improvement and high service levels,” Brady continued. “We considered a variety of service options from providers, looking at each part of the programme separately, versus the multi-specialist approach provided by AJW. Not only were they able to give us the best offer for the complete bundle of services, but their business culture matches our own.”
Boris Wolstenholme, CEO of AJW Aviation, remarked, “This contract cements AJW’s position as the leading independent provider of component support programmes worldwide. We now have a global fleet of more than 900 aircraft under contract which demonstrates the confidence that leading airlines like easyJet place on our capabilities and can-do approach. This is a ground-breaking achievement for AJW Group and I am justifiably very proud of our team.”
AJW Technique, the Group’s global MRO headquarters in Montreal, will undertake a large proportion of the component repair and overhaul of easyJet’s parts. AJW will also deploy its worldwide network of approved and benchmarked repair vendors and, most importantly, further increase the quality and speed of repairs for easyJet via its strategic partnerships with leading OEMs, such as Thales and Zodiac Aerospace Services, which are already set to play an integral part within this new service structure.