Posted on: 30 October 2015 by Mark Howells
Under a new three-year agreement, Aircraft Propeller Service (APS) will provide CommutAir’s propeller assemblies with comprehensive MRO services for blades, hubs, actuators and other components.
The new contract will also see APS becoming a components resource for CommutAir, which operates the largest Dash 8/Q200 fleet in the world, drawing both on its in-house surplus components inventory and by accessing components through its partner network.
APS has been providing its testing, repair and overhaul services on CommutAir’s propellers – manufactured by UTC Aerospace Systems – for many years, but Dennis Santare, VP sales and marketing at APS, noted that the airline’s fleet is now up for an overhaul cycle, making the timing of the new agreement particularly important to both companies.
“Our cost-competitiveness, flexibility, reputation and willingness to be creative with our offer to match CommutAir’s business model as a regional carrier were all key in APS winning the CommutAir contract,” remarked Santare. “APS’s strategy is to be the most customer-engaged MRO in the industry offering the best overall customer solutions. This win is a great validation of that approach. We count CommutAir as ‘one of our airlines’ and have put people, processes, and tools in place to ensure we are 100% supportive of their operations.”
CommutAir has the option of extending its contract with APS for a further two years.