BAE Systems Regional Aircraft wins raft of MRO deals

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BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has won a range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contracts from different operators.

Swiss International Air Lines has inked a flight hour-based component support contract with the UK company for its 20-strong Avro RJ100 fleet. The agreement will last at least five years and will continue thereafter until the four-engined regional jets have been replaced with Bombardier CSeries aircraft.

Swiss has ordered 30 CS100s, which are scheduled to be delivered from 2014.

The 'JetSpares' agreement covers inventory services, logistics and repairs for around 450 rotable components. While Swiss had previously been a customer of BAE Systems for aircraft-on-ground (AOG) and continuing airworthiness support as well as modifications, this is the first component MRO contract between the two companies.

In addition, Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered cargo operator West Atlantic Airlines signed a three-year MRO contract for its 44-strong ATP turboprop fleet, comprising continuing airworthiness and component support.

The flight hour-based component MRO agreement follows a 'MACRO' (materials and components repair and overhaul) programme which has been in place for several years with the previous Atlantic Airlines for nine ATP freighters.

The new contract covers 220 parts, giving inventory pool access and consignment stock at the airline's facilities.

Mongolia-based Eznis Airways, Canada's North Cariboo Air and Dragon Air Management of South Africa have signed 'Parts Plus' spare delivery deals for their respective BAe 146/Avro RJ fleets, which guarantee fixed part prices until the end of 2013.

South African carrier SA Airlink has contracted BAE to repair an RJ85, which suffered a nose gear-up landing in Johannesburg last November. While none of 77 passengers and crew were injured, the aircraft (MSN E2285) sustained extensive skin damage on the lower fuselage and nose gear doors.

BAE said the repair work would be completed by mid-February.

The two largest MRO contracts for Swiss and West Atlantic have an estimated total value of £30 million ($47 million), according to a BAE spokesman.

Managing director Alan Fraser said that the regional aircraft support division was "cash-generative" and meeting its financial targets.