ERA 2010: BAE Systems wins expanded support deal with CityJet

CityJet has awarded a five-year total support package to BAE Systems which covers JetSpares, continued airworthiness and technical support services and the supply of technical publications.

Announcing the agreement, Stewart Cordner, VP business development, BAE Systems Asset Management, hailed the award. “Although we are the OEM, you’ve got to remember that the airline does have options before signing up for this type of support. So we’re delighted to have won the contract.”

Overall, the deal sees the airline renew its JetSpares customised rotable spares support programme for a further five years and also commit to a five year extension on BAE Systems’ Tech 21 service for all technical and engineering support under which an annual payment entitles the airline to enjoy priority technical support (AOG), including regular customer support reviews on fleet dispatch reliability, the services of a dedicated customer engineer and continuing airworthiness support.

“For us it was the different components of the package, such as spares exchange,” noted CityJet’s general manager, corporate affairs, Hugh Rodgers. “They recognised the scale of the fleet we have and came up with the right solution.”

CityJet has 27 Avro RJ85s – one of the largest fleets of the type in Europe – and operates an extensive network of scheduled services in both Paris Charles de Gaulle and London City Airports on behalf of Air France. “With an operation like that, it’s in BAE Systems’ interest to see the aircraft being successful,” Cordner added.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/

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