Posted on: 23 September 2010 by Mark Howells
Embraer and Air France Industries have signed a five-year Flight Hour Pool Program contract with Alitalia to support the carrier’s fleet of six Embraer 170s.
“We are pleased to welcome Alitalia as a valued member of our Flight Hour Pool Program, through our strong business alliance with Air France Industries,” commented Leandro Laia, Embraer vice-president, customer support and services – Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “Building on the successful support the organisation has given to France’s Régional and the Netherlands’ KLM Cityhopper, we are all the more delighted to add a new family member of the SkyTeam Group, especially since Alitalia was one of the launch customers of the E-170 in Europe.”
Consisting of on-site and exchange inventory and repair management, Embraer’s pool programme enables airlines, even with small fleets, to take maximum advantage of economy of scale, with improved spare parts availability at large fleet provisioning costs. It helps reduce investment in parts inventories, controls costs, minimises the risk of surplus – thus cutting overhead requirements, and reduces repair and overhaul costs with guaranteed and unlimited access to exchange parts inventory.