Posted on: 24 March 2015 by Mark Howells
The component services provided by Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd (MAEL) to Monarch Airlines’ fleet of 34 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft will now be supplemented by a multi-year full power-by-the-hour (PBH) agreement with AJW Aviation.
MAEL will focus on line and base maintenance, Part M technical services and technical training, whilst AJW will assist with operational cost alignment through its PBH service which will begin by the end of March.
The deal comes at a time when Monarch Airlines is seeking to optimise fleet utilisation by reducing its overall fleet to 34 narrowbody A320 and A321 aircraft (while it awaits new deliveries of the Boeing 737 MAX from 2018) and increasing flight frequencies.
Ian Bartholomew, MD of MAEL, explained, “We have been working with AJW in an ad-hoc capacity for many years and decided that we could utilise some of the proven operational efficiencies and cost savings that their flexible PBH programme offers. By blending the PBH with our services that are measured by their reliability we can build the optimum structure. AJW currently has around 900 aircraft under contract worldwide and this gives us unique access to technical data and MRO statistics that will transform our service.”
“We understand Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s objectives and are seeking solutions to improve productivity and profitability,” commented AJW Aviation’s CEO, Boris Wolstenholme. “Our global component supply and repair network is also backed up by AJW Technique, our specialist component repair division, and we manage consumables on a worldwide scale. Overall, the depth of integrated aircraft services that we provide means that MAEL has not only a capable and independent partner, but also one that is renowned for innovation and customer service. We are delighted to work with them, a respected brand with a distinctive scheduled leisure travel offer.”