Russia’s UTair signs new components repair contract

UTair Aviation is Russia's fourth largest carrier by traffic The agreement covers reliability engineering to help improve on-wing component performance (UTair Aviation)

Russian carrier UTair Aviation and AAR Aircraft Component Repair – Amsterdam, a division of AAR which is the US-based worldwide provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments, have reached a long-term components repair agreement.

Under the eight-year deal, AAR will provide component repair and exchange for UTair’s Boeing 737 and ATR fleets, as well as engineering support to improve on-wing component reliability.

“The inclusion of reliability engineering allows us to go beyond what the manual requires for shop visits, and also to schedule failure-prevention removals,” explained Andre op’t Hof, director of commercial operation at AAR Component Repair – Amsterdam.
“UTair wanted to invest in component availability and on-wing performance to increase efficiency and decrease costs,” says Alexander Vasiliev, the carrier’s deputy director for technical operations. “We had already been working with AAR’s Component Repair shop in Amsterdam, so decided to sign this contract to become a priority customer and secure short turnaround times.”

UTair, Russia’s firth largest airline, carried nearly 7.3 million passengers in 2017, up 9.6% year-on-year. It plans to fly 8.2 million this year (up 12% on 2017). The carrier currently operates more than 60 aircraft, including ATR 72-500s, Boeing 737-400s, -500s, and -800s, as well as Boeing 767-200 widebodies.

AAR’s Component Repair shops in Amsterdam and New York provide repair services covering more than 6,000 components to both commercial and government customers.

AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, it supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services.

AAR’s Aviation Services include inventory management, parts supply, OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, as well as engineering services and component repairs.

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