BAE Systems Growing in Regional Airline Support Market
The Regional Aircraft Division of BAE Systems has won a contract with Eastern Airways of the UK for its rate-per-flying-hour aircraft spares support service. The three-year support deal covers 16 Prestwick-built Jetstream 41 turboprop airliners. BAE Systems has provided support for Eastern Airways’ Jetstream 41 operation for the past 11 years.
The Eastern Airways contract comes three weeks after BAE Systems won a similar three-year extension to its support contract from Braathens Technical of Sweden. The Braathens deal covers support for its subsidiary airline Malmö Aviation’s fleet of 12 Avro RJ regional jetliners. BAE Systems has been providing this type of service to Braathens Technical/Malmö Aviation for 14 years.
This type of contract provides a customized rotable spares support service through which, for an agreed monthly payment driven by the number of hours an airline flies, BAE Systems takes care of the airline’s spares inventory, logistics and repairs.