Following a competitive tender, Russia’s Ikar Airlines (operating as Pegas Fly) has selected AerFin as its partner to provide component support services for the Embraer E190s the carrier is currently introducing.
The decision commits AerFin to providing supply certainty to the airline, maintaining components and engineering support, combined with competitive pricing, says a statement. AerFin has signed a five-year contract to support the carrier’s fleet of seven Embraer E-Jets via its signature component support programme called ‘Beyond Pool’.
The Wales-headquartered company says the programme offers a fixed-cost solution to support the components requirements of Ikar Airlines’ E-Jets to be fully supported from AerFin’s London Gatwick facility, together with the provision of a significant inventory stockholding located at the airline’s main operating base at Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow.
Ikar becomes the latest customer to join AerFin’s BeyondPool, following on from BA CityFlyer joining the E-Jets programme in February 2018.
Ikar Airlines is based at Krasnoyarsk’s Yemelyanovo Airport and operates as Pegas Fly. Along with its sister carrier Nordwind Airlines, it is part of the Pegas Touristik group. The carrier now operates scheduled passenger services from Krasnoyarsk and Moscow, as well as charter services on behalf of Pegas Touristik.
Ikar started commercial operations of the Embraer E190 in mid-May, and currently has three of the type in its fleet, all taken on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC). It is awaiting the delivery of four more pre-used E190 regional jets.
Chris Hooley, AerFin’s airframe director, comments: “We have worked very closely with the team at Ikar to develop a programme which adequately meets their operational requirements and we look forward to playing our part in the successful introduction of a new fleet type into the Ikar operation.”
“This is another significant step for us in bringing AerFin’s growing portfolio of support services and solutions to the market. AerFin is evolving very quickly as we focus on anticipating the requirements of our global customer base and delivering a strategy which offers value to airlines. The industry remains strongly competitive over cost and quality of delivery and we continue to see great growth opportunity in supporting the E-Jet global platform,” he adds.
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