Atlanta, 17 April 2013: Southern Air Inc. based in Kentucky, USA has selected A J Walter Aviation (AJW), to provide power-by-the-hour support to its current fleet of 4 B747 and 4 B777 aircraft. This twelve-year agreement for 8 aircraft is AJW’s first contract with Southern Air Inc. and will provide the operator with global support across its numerous locations worldwide.
Since the company’s founding over 60 years ago, Southern Air Inc. has built its reputation as being one of the world’s most innovative and dependable operators and continues to revolutionize by being the world’s first ACMI provider of 777 freighters, offering the most versatile and efficient cargo solutions available.
“We are delighted and extremely proud to be supporting Southern Air Inc. and will do everything we can to help the operator meet its objectives” says Boris Wolstenholme, Chief Executive of A J Walter Aviation. “Our customer support team in Miami will be the first point of contact to manage AJW’s comprehensive service which is designed to enable Southern Air Inc. stay competitive as they develop their business. We are stepping up our activities in North America and our new component repair facility, AJW Technique, will further enhance the integrated support we already provide for several airlines with lease, pooling and PBH solutions.”
Joe Meszaro, SVP – Technical Operations for Southern Air Inc. confirmed that the airline will take advantage of the significant benefits that this global agreement will deliver adding; “The power-by-the-hour service from AJW will reduce our cost base and help us align our operational strategy for maximum efficiency.”
AJW will support Southern Air Inc. from both its London and Miami based facilities which offer extensive service ready Boeing component inventories. AJW has recently invested more than US$25m in inventory to support an increasing number of operators and MRO facilities across the Americas.
This new contract once again underlines the benefits of PBH, pooling and leasing options available from AJW. Already highly regarded for its award-winning 24/7 AOG and critical component services, AJW is also currently growing its integrated consumables management and aircraft engine services business. Serving a global customer base of more than 800 airlines with over 400 aircraft under contract, AJW is fast becoming the partner of choice to offer fully integrated support solutions to airline and MRO organisations seeking competitive advantage.