Charter and FIFO operator Cobham has extended its signed agreement with Embraer for repairs and maintenance on its fleet of three E190s.
It comes after Cobham signed a two-year contract extension with mining company IGO, to provide FIFO services to its Nova nickel, copper and cobalt mine in WA’s Goldfields region, using Cobham’s fleet of E190s and Bombardier Q400s.
According to Embraer, the newly-extended Pool Program agreement with Cobham will see the operator covered for full repairs of components and parts, airframe maintenance, and given unlimited access to a large stock of components at the company’s distribution centers.
Australian operators are offered service and support via Embraer’s Asia-Pacific facility, based in Singapore.
The Brazilian planemaker said through the extended Pool Program agreement, Cobham will benefit from significant savings on repair and inventory costs, as well as a reduction in required warehousing space and resources required for repair management.
Embraer said the charter operator will also ultimately be provided with guaranteed performance levels, and highlighted that its 12-month average reliability factors of the global E-Jet fleet in the region stands at 99.97 per cent completion rate, and a schedule reliability of 99.59 per cent.
Earlier this week, Embraer also signed a multi-year services agreement with Alliance Airlines, to provide materials support for its growing fleet of E190s.
Alliance currently boasts a fleet of 12 E190s in service in Australia, with an additional 20 aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery over the coming 12 months.
Over 300 repairable components are covered under the new agreement with Embraer, as well as materials and technical administration services. Alliance will be able to access service and support via Embraer’s Asia-Pacific facility in Singapore.
According to Embraer, Alliance will benefit from significant savings in repair and inventory carrying costs by opting in to its services and support offering.
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“The Repair Management Service Program we have with Embraer will enhance our fleet performance and strengthen our business as it grows,” said Lee Schofield, Alliance Airlines chief executive.
Johann Bordais, president and CEO, Embraer Services & Support, said, “We are glad to partner with Alliance Airlines at this pivotal moment.
“Alliance Airlines has rapidly grown its fleet of E-Jets, which has proven to be instrumental as domestic aviation grows in Australia. This services agreement will enable Alliance to secure their fleet availability with effective, efficient and competitive solutions.”
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