Discovery Air selects ASC for component support

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Nigerian start-up Discovery Air has contracted UK aftermarket firm Airline Services Components to support its Boeing 737-300 fleet.

The carrier signed a three-year, flight-hour-based components maintenance agreement, covering equipment pool access and provision of a spare-part kit to the airline’s base in Lagos. ASC specialises in wheel-and-brake support, but also manages the supply and maintenance of other components.

The initial agreement covers three aircraft, but could be expanded if the airline increases its fleet size, says ASC.

Discovery Air is planning to begin domestic flights from Lagos to Abuja and Port Harcourt. However, it is also considering a regional network expansion to countries such as Gambia, Ghana and Cameroon, says ASC.

The deal is ASC’s first contract with a West African customer, with the company saying it is aiming to build up its client base in that region. Following a “significant” investment by private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital, ASC says it has devised a “strategic expansion plan” to grow its business.

In December, ASC partnered with Florida-based auxiliary power unit and main engine part distributor ATC Aerospace to include APU leasing services in its business. The UK firm is taking a number of Hamilton Sundstrand and Pratt & Whitney APUs on a consignment basis into its warehouse at London Gatwick airport.

The equipment comprises APUs for 737s, 747s, Airbus A320s, Bombardier Dash 8 turboprops and Embraer aircraft.