Eznis Airways, Mongolia’s leading domestic airline, has agreed to a three-year support package with BAE Systems for its newly acquired fleet of two Avro RJ85 regional jetliners.
This ‘Total Support’ package from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft covers JetSpares as well as ongoing Continuing Airworthiness and Technical Support.
JetSpares is a customised rotable spares support programme which is designed to allow an airline to concentrate on its operations while BAE Systems Regional Aircraft takes care of spares inventory, logistics and repairs. The priority is to keep the airline’s business running smoothly by providing a first-class support service. BAE Systems is providing an extensive on-site stock of spares at the airline’s Ulan Bator base which it will manage.
“This deal with Eznis underlines the flexibility of our JetSpares programme”, said Sean McGovern, Business Director Support for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. “As a new operator of our aircraft, Eznis will benefit from the comfort that the JetSpares programme will allow them to concentrate on their initial operations as they build up experience on the type. By contrast, other recent JetSpares deals we have concluded have been with long-term established operators of the aircraft.”
Eznis has also committed to a three-year BAE Systems’ Tech 21 service for all technical and engineering support. Under this programme, an annual payment entitles the airline to enjoy priority technical support (AOG), including regular customer support reviews on fleet dispatch reliability, the services of a dedicated customer engineer and continuing airworthiness support.
Deliveries have just started of the airline’s new 93-seat fleet of RJ85s – the first jet equipment to be operated by Eznis - and services with the new aircraft commence later this month. The RJ85s will allow Eznis to better serve the needs of its contracted clients and individual passengers by increasing capacity on existing routes, and possibly flying to new international destinations.
The high wing configuration of the Avro RJ makes it readily adaptable for unsealed runway operation and BAE Systems has designed a comprehensive unpaved runway modification which is being installed on both aircraft so that Eznis can operate the aircraft safely from a number of unsealed and gravel runways on the airline’s network.
The modification is fitted via a Service Bulletin and provides protection from debris to the lower fuselage, landing gear and the undercarriage fairing panels. Protection is also given to the lower beacon together with the installation of more durable antennae. A nose wheel guard is also fitted between the tyres to deflect debris being thrown back to the fuselage.
Fully backed by BAE Systems, the updated operating approval delivered through this Service Bulletin will allows Eznis to access the harsher runway operating conditions across its network with the confidence provided by OEM support.