NordStar has contracted UK parts specialist AJW Aviation to manage shop visits for the engines powering the Russian carrier's Boeing 737-800 fleet.

Having engaged AJW for component support over several years, the Siberia-based airline has now signed a general-terms agreement covering "all aspects" of shop visit management across the CFM International CFM56-7Bs, including supply of spare engines, says the aftermarket services provider.

The deal includes "special introductory rates and volume discounts", AJW adds.

NordStar will be updated daily on its engines' status. "We challenge the MRO [providers] to justify their repair choices," says Morgan Brown, a powerplant engineer at AJW's engine services division.

That approach, he argues, will prevent "unnecessary expense" and ensure "maximum efficiency and safety".

Flightglobal's Ascend Fleets database shows that NordStar has nine 737-800s, a single 737-300 and four ATR 42-500 turboprops.

Source: Cirium Dashboard