Braathens extends BAE component MRO deal until end of Avro era

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Sweden's Braathens Aviation Group has extended its BAE Systems Avro RJ component maintenance contract with the aftermarket support arm of the UK manufacturer.

The agreement will now remain in force until the legacy regional jet has been retired from the fleet of Braathens' subsidiary carrier, Malmö Aviation.

The power-by-the-hour-style 'JetSpares' agreement covers spare part supply, repairs and logistics for around 600 rotable components for Malmö's 12 RJ70, RJ85 and RJ100 aircraft at Stockholm's Bromma airport.

The deal has been formally extended by three years, but it includes an optional fourth year if the delivery of the replacement Bombardier CSeries is delayed.

Braathens Leasing has ordered five CS100s and five CS300s.

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft, the manufacturer support organisation for the RJ fleet, says that the agreement will run until the delivery of the future type.

The services will be provided to the Swedish Group's MRO division, Braathens Technical.

While the co-operation between Braathens and BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has been in place since 1999 - encompassing several prior extensions - the UK manufacturer says it competed with three other component maintenance providers to retain the deal.