Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines has signed a Parts Exchange Programme (PEP) agreement with the US arm of Saab Aircraft, which will cover some 500 repairable parts for the airline's fleet of 26 Saab 340s. PEP allows the airline to receive exchanges for repairable parts within seven days, and the Swedish company says that the programme will assist Chautauqua in overcoming the complexities of multiple aircraft configurations and will result in high reliability by maintaining equipment to the latest modification standard. Delta Airlines has signed maintenance provider contracts with Boeing and World Airways, totalling more than $142 million. The contract with Boeing includes an agreement to provide the US Government with primary maintenance support on its Boeing Next Generation 737 fleet. The contract with World Airways provides maintenance for eight Boeing MD-11s. Atlantic Coast Airlines has signed up to BAE Systems' MACRO (Material and Component Repair and Overhaul) programme for its 32-strong Jetstream 41 fleet. MACRO provides maintenance at a fixed rate per flight hour.

Source: Flight International