More Customers Sign for 'Parts Plus' as Service is Expanded

Prestwick, Scotland.....BAE Systems Regional Aircraft’s new spares delivery service – ‘Parts Plus’ – which was designed, initially, to appeal to new operators of the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jet – is now being rolled out to more established operators of the aircraft.

The first major airline customer to sign up for the service is Airlink of South Africa, while another relatively new operator of the type, Aerovias DAP of Chile, has also signed up for the programme.

Under the scheme, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft will offer fixed pricing until the end of 2013, with an availability guarantee on a steadily increasing range of spare parts. This has now been increased to cover over 2,500 parts (from the initial 1,300) with delivery of the stock guaranteed within 10 calendar day for 2012, reducing to five calendar days for 2013. These guarantees are underpinned by financial incentives.

More parts will be added twice a year so that by the end of the second year the aim is to cover a minimum of 4,000 parts and the parts list will continue to grow thereafter.

In return for this service level, the customer has to agree to buy any requirements for the specified parts from Regional Aircraft.

‘Parts Plus’ is a spares delivery product line that plays to the strengths of BAE Systems Regional Aircraft at managing large numbers of parts and providing stable supplies and costs while ensuring availability to the customer.

The initial success of the programme with launch customers among new operators in Canada, South Africa, Mongolia and now Chile has prompted the decision to expand the service offering to the wider customer community.