Tigerair Australia’s fleet of Airbus A320s will have some component maintenance work completed at Air New Zealand’s Auckland engineering facility as a result of a new agreement between the Kiwi carrier and AJW Group.
Air NZ chief operations officer Bruce Parton said he hoped the extended partnership with AJW would “create a real hub for component maintenance in the Asia Pacific region”.
“It’s incredibly exciting to have Tigerair Australia on board and we hope to soon begin a dialogue with other carriers in the region,” Parton said in a statement on April 10.
In October, Tigerair signed a long-term partnership with AJW Aviation for delivering support services on its 13 A320s, covering complete inventory technical management for components, major assemblies, wheels and brakes, auxiliary power units, thrust reversers and consumables.
The tie-up with Tigerair was AJW’s first major contract in Australia and came on top of the company’s strategic supplier relationship with Air NZ that was forged in 2013.
Separately, AJW said its contract with Tigerair would be supported with a new strategic repair partnership with NORDAM Singapore for the provision of some major components such as nacelles, thrust reversers and cowls on a pool basis during repair and overhaul.
“AJW Group is a keen advocate of leveraging relationships to add value to the Tigerair Australia partnership as it develops,” AJW Group chief technical officer Deepak Sharma said.
Tigerair head of engineering Robin Furber said AJW was part of the airline’s efforts to build a more efficient operating platform.
“Tigerair Australia is not only committed to delivering affordable air travel for our customers throughout Australia, but also to ensuring we provide a seamless travel experience. Our partnership with AJW gives us assurance and cost alignment underpinning safety, flight efficiency and on-time-performance,” Furber said.
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