MRO Europe 2015: Airlink becomes first customer of BAE’s remodelled JetSpares programme

Airlink has been announced as the first BAE Systems Regional Aircraft customer to sign up for the company’s remodelled JetSpares rate-per-flying-hour (RPFH) programme.
Regional Aircraft was one of the first aerospace companies to introduce a RPFH service over 20 years ago and has now accumulated more than 3 million flying hours on its two programmes – JetSpares for the BAe 146/Avro RJ fleet and MACRO (Material and Component Repair and Overhaul) for the turboprop fleet. JetSpares is designed to allow an airline to concentrate on its flight operations while BAE Systems Regional Aircraft takes care of spares inventory, logistics and repairs.Airlink’s three-year agreement, valid until the end of 2018, covers the carrier’s fleet of 12 Avro RJ85s that are operated alongside other aircraft types to provide scheduled passenger service to more than 30 destinations in southern Africa. Under the agreement some 500 part numbers are covered, including landing gear components, windscreens and avionics. BAE Systems also provides an on-site rotable stock package at Airlink’s Johannesburg base.“We will continue our drive for an increase to the scope of parts on our JetSpares and MACRO programmes under similar fixed price agreements to further stabilise costs,” stated Sean McGovern, managing director of BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. “The majority of these vendors are original equipment vendors who see continued merit in continuing to support the aircraft for the long term. We have also selected OEMs and Repair Stations based on the quality of repairs.”The company continues to have discussions with all the main vendors to secure long-term fixed price RPFH and repair and overhaul pricing with capped escalation rates. Over 15 key vendors have now signed spares support agreements with BAE Systems, including AEM, Avotec, Eaton Aerospace, Honeywell, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems, Moog, Muirhead Aerospace, Oakenhurst Aircraft Services, Ontic Engineering & Manufacturing, PPA Group, PPG Aerospace, Revima APU, Thomas Electronics, Turner Aviation and Zodiac Aerospace. Some 525 part numbers are now covered under these revised vendor arrangements.Underpinned by these new vendor pricing agreements, the new RPFH dynamic model fully integrates actual repair costs for the majority of parts, plus up to date operator utilisation, and daily snap shots of stock on hand compared to removal rates to provide an even more accurate modelling profile.

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