Embraer Services and Support, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) arm, and Belavia, Belarus’ flag carrier, have signed an agreement for the support of Belavia’s fleet of Embraer E-Jets. The deal will help Belavia to bring the E-Jets’ heavy maintenance checks in-house, thus streamlining the airline’s fleet support as well as improving aircraft availability.
In what is described as a multi-year deal, Embraer’s component support solution is being tailored to fit Belavia’s specific needs. It offers customised exchange, plus repair coverage, for a broad scope of components, as well as providing access to a range of special tooling and ground support equipment needed for heavy maintenance checks. The deal allows Belavia to bring those checks in-house, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer explains.
The programme will support Belavia’s existing fleet of two E175s and two E195s leased in 2012 and acquired in 2014 respectively. The airline took delivery of another E175 aircraft last week with another two E195s planned for delivery in May and June.
“Our Embraer fleet is proving a great success with our passengers and is delivering high dispatch rates and compelling economics for our airline,” observes Anatoly Gusarov, Belavia’s general director. “Embraer Services and Support’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) component solutions will help us keep those dispatch rates high and our aircraft in the sky where they belong: earning revenue,” he adds.
“This is an example of how we have adapted our advanced component support solution to Belavia’s very specific needs,” states Johann Bordais, president and chief executive of Embraer Services and Support.
The latest development comes as the airline’s E-Jet fleet is expected to grow to 12 units in 2019, with three E195s and two E175s to be leased from Danish lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC).
Belavia-Belarusian Airlines’ fleet now consists of 27 aircraft, including five Boeing 737-800s, six B737-500s, seven B737-300s, three Embraer E175s, two E195s and four Bombardier CRJ200LR/ERs.
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