Graham Warwick/WASHINGTON DC

Jet Support Services has teamed with two business-jet manufacturers to provide hourly-cost maintenance programmes for their aircraft. The Chicago-based company will administer Dassault's Falcon First programme, initially available for the Falcon 2000, and the ServiceCare programme for the Gulfstream IV-SP.

Both will cover scheduled and unscheduled maintenance of the airframe, engines, avionics and auxiliary power-unit for a per-flight-hour fee paid monthly. Jet Support provides similar hourly cost programmes for engines, but the Falcon and Gulfstream schemes are its first with manufacturers.

The company will administer the programmes, overseeing maintenance work performed at authorised service centres worldwide. Jet Support says that hourly cost programmes will enable business-jet operators to budget "-based on maintenance numbers that are guaranteed for ten years".

Jet Support, meanwhile, has struck a deal with the US National Aircraft Resale Association to provide buyers of used business aircraft with coverage against unscheduled failures for a period following purchase.

The company has revamped its core engine-maintenance programme, introducing lower-cost schemes which exclude life-limited components, cover unscheduled maintenance only, or limit coverage to a predetermined period.

Source: Flight International