Merging BA and Iberia to share Thomas Cook Airbus MRO

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British Airways and Iberia have agreed their first co-operative maintenance activity, sharing a contract to provide and repair components for Thomas Cook Airlines' fleet of Airbus jets.

The agreement covers seven Airbus A330s and 22 A320s for both the UK and Scandinavian divisions of the holiday carrier.

Iberia states that it will handle repairs of A330 components while merger partner BA will deal with those for the A320s.

A third maintenance specialist, AJ Walter Aviation, will also participate in the deal and take responsibility for avionics.

Iberia says the exclusive contract will run for five years and can be extended for a further three. "It is the first maintenance contract involving both Iberia and British Airways," it states.