Lucas Aerospace has signed an innovative 10-year spares deal with Trans States Airlines that will see the US regional carrier buy access to spare line replacement units (LRUs) for Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets.

The contract, whose value has not been disclosed, covers the nine ERJs ordered by St Louis-based Trans States earlier this year to provide services out of Chicago to major Mid-West cities.

The carrier also has options for an additional 18 aircraft.


Under the new deal Trans States will get spares when needed while leaving management of the parts to Lucas, the original equipment manufacturer.

The airline will also pay for repairs and overhauls on a cost-per-flight-hour basis.

"The contract allows the customer to determine exactly what they will be paying so they can budget accurately for aftermarket support," says Lucas Aerospace customer support marketing chief Rob Layton.

"Buying access to spare LRUs significantly brings down the initial cost for the airline and means they do not have to hold their own stock."

Lucas supplies a total of 40 products for the ERJ-145, comprising 14 different LRUs.

Source: Flight Daily News