Successful year for JetSpares program

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft’s JetSpares ‘spares by the hour’ support scored some notable successes during 2007, winning US$75 million in new business. JetSpares is a support program for the BAe 146/Avro RJ, individually customised to the need of each airline, under which BAE Systems takes care of spares inventory, logistics, and repairs for a fixed monthly cost (a separate program, MACRO, covers BAE System’s turboprop aircraft). In the largest deal, Irish airline CityJet renewed its support contract. The three-year contract covers all 23 of the airline’s Avro RJ85s, as well as its remaining BAe 146s until they are phased out. New customers for the JetSpares program during 2007 included India’s MDLR Airlines, Mexico’s Ka’an Beel Air (KBA), South Africa’s Airlink, and the Faroe Islands’ Atlantic Airways, while the UK’s Titan Airways and Finland’s Blue1 renewed their existing contracts, and Germany’s Eurowings and Bulgaria’s Hemus Air extended theirs to cover additional aircraft. BAE Systems Regional Aircraft also recently signed an agreement with Ansett Spares & Services. Under the agreement, Ansett will relocate its current operations and inventory at Heathrow to Regional Aircraft’s Spares Logistics Centre at Weybridge, Surrey. Ansett has also purchased a substantial amount of surplus BAe 146/Avro RJ spares from Regional Aircraft to add to its existing inventory.

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