Posted on: 16 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Colorful Guizhou Airlines has signed a long-term Flight Hour Pool Program agreement with Embraer for component repairs on its seven E190s and also a 10-year OnPoint agreement with GE Aviation for maintenance, repair and overhaul on the CF34-10E engines which powering the fleet.
The Flight Hour Pool Program deal is the first contract that Embraer has signed for the programme in China for commercial aviation.
“As a start-up airline operating mainly regional [services], we need strong and reliable support from the manufacturer,” said Zhai Yan, chairman of the Guizhou Industrial Investment (Group) and chairman of Colorful Guizhou Airlines. “The pool programme offers us a comprehensive materials and services package with a predictable cost, which allows our limited human resources to concentrate on daily operations, which is critical for us at this stage.”
Embraer's Flight Hour Pool Program is designed to minimise an airline’s up-front investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources, while taking advantage of Embraer's technical expertise and its vast component service provider network. The programme is designed to deliver significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs as well as reduction in required warehouse space, virtually eliminating the need for resources required for repair management, and ultimately, guaranteed performance levels.