London, September 13, 2012 – British Airways Engineering, a leading Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) provider, has today announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Airline Services Components Limited and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran group) to partner in the provision of wheels and brakes support services to the civil aviation industry. Subject to contract negotiations, the partnership will see the companies collaborate in the provision of Boeing 787 wheels and brakes support to non-British Airways’ customer airlines.
The partnership will encompass engineering services, sales and marketing of the new service as well as joint business development activities. Repair and overhaul services for brakes components will be made available to carriers operating from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Brussels, Amsterdam and Oslo airports as well as at designated British Airways and Airline Services Components line stations.
Mal Clear General Manager BA Component Engineering at British Airways Engineering, commented: “As the number of 787 aircraft entering service increases, airlines across the globe are going to rely on MROs that can deliver the requisite levels of technical support and engineering know how. This intended partnership will bring together the rotable component capabilities of Airline Services Components Limited, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty’s world-leading experience in brakes maintenance and repair with our own engineering excellence to provide a compelling customer proposition.”
Chris Hooley, Managing Director at Airline Services Components Limited, commented: “The letter of intent signed today represents our belief that as partners our three companies can provide a maintenance service that has the potential to be market leading. We are confident that our impressive portfolio of combined skills and capabilities will make a significant impact in the burgeoning 787 MRO market.”
Alain Sauret, Chairman and CEO of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, added: “The 787 comprises some of the most advanced technologies in the aviation industry, not least in its brakes components. This partnership will provide the skills needed to gain early share in the 787 market and develop world-class services for the benefit of the entire airline industry.”