Posted on: 27 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Eznis Airways of Mongolia has acquired its first jet equipment with two Avro RJ85s bought from BAE Systems.
The first aircraft has been delivered with the second to follow in July.
Both aircraft seat 93 passengers in a six-abreast economy class configuration, allowing Eznis to meet the growing demand for quality air transport services in Mongolia. Both aircraft are also equipped with the BAE Systems unpaved runway protection kit that allows operations from unsealed and gravel runways.
The additional capacity over the airline’s existing fleet of four 34-seat Saab 340B turboprops will allow Eznis to better serve the needs of its contracted clients and individual passengers, as well as expand operations by increasing capacity on existing routes and possibly flying to new international destinations.
Chief executive officer of Eznis Airways, S. Munkhsukh, commented, “Deliveries of the Avro RJ85s will be another important step towards our aim to be the number one choice for regional air service in North Central Asia, by connecting Mongolia to nearby international markets. The Avro RJ85 is the only jet-engined aircraft for operation on gravel runways, which is ideal for the conditions of our country. The arrival of this aircraft will be an important event not only in the history of our airline, but for Mongolia’s aviation industry.”
Eznis has also agreed a three-year support package with BAE Systems for the Avros. The ‘Total Support’ package covers JetSpares as well as ongoing continuing airworthiness and technical support.
“This deal with Eznis underlines the flexibility of our JetSpares programme,” remarked Sean McGovern, business director support for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. “As a new operator of our aircraft, Eznis will benefit from the comfort that the JetSpares programme will allow them to concentrate on their initial operations as they build up experience on the type. By contrast, other recent JetSpares deals we have concluded have been with long-term established operators of the aircraft.”
Eznis has also committed to a three-year BAE Systems’ Tech 21 service for all technical and engineering support. Under this programme, 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.