Allegiant Air signed a five-year wheels and brakes total support contract with Safran's MBT Repair at the MRO Americas conference in Atlanta today.
The renewable deal includes wheel and brake maintenance, spares and logistics support for Allegiant's entire Airbus A320 family fleet, which now includes two Airbus A319 aircraft. Allegiant expects to grow that number to nine Airbus A319 and nine A320 aircraft. The airline also operates Boeing MD-80s
MBT Repair, the MRO arm of landing gear manufacturer Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, plans to open an additional wheels and brakes repair shop in Las Vegas by the end of this year to support customers such as Allegiant and Virgin America, says Frank Mocilnikar, chief executive of MBT Repair. It has existing facilities in Miami and Milwaukee.
Low-cost carriers like Allegiant are one of the faster growth opportunities that MBT repair sees in the USA, says Mocilnikar, because they want a total package of services. The repair station also cites Spirit Airlines as a customer for MRO of wheels and brakes, and manufacturers equipment for JetBlue.