London/Auckland, 2nd October 2013: AJW Group (AJW) has entered into a strategic supplier relationship with Air New Zealand to provide an integrated range of aircraft support services that maximises the strengths of each business.
Boris Wolstenholme, CEO of AJW Aviation says, “Together we will develop a component support and repair powerhouse for the burgeoning Asian and South Pacific region which meets the challenges of a globally connected airline industry.”
AJW Aviation will provide full power-by-the-hour support for Air New Zealand’s complete A320 fleet of aircraft. This will be underpinned by AJW’s significant global inventory of A320 spares located in strategic hubs across Europe, Asia and North America.
AJW Technique – the AJW Group’s state-of-the-art repair facility in Montreal - will work closely with Air New Zealand TechOps’ own repair station in Auckland to form a global ring of repair excellence. Where Air New Zealand has specialist capability e.g. APUs, IDGs, Avionics and Accessories, AJW Technique will utilise the airline’s repair shops for repair services to support the AJW customer base in the Asia Pacific region.
Gavin Simmonds, General Manager of AJW Technique, says this strategic relationship will bring geographical and logistical advantages, but that’s just part of the story: “The partnership with Air New Zealand will immediately benefit AJW’s customer base with further improved turn-around-times and quality benefits that will dramatically reduce direct maintenance costs. We can supplement our platforms of expertise with Air New Zealand TechOps’ B747, B767, A320 and ATR specialties.”
“The prime objective is to deliver improved cost and reliability efficiencies for the Air New Zealand A320 operations and strengthen our repair service business across the Pacific Rim and beyond” says Bruce Parton, Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer.
“At Air New Zealand we strive for optimum efficiency and profitability, whilst keeping our customers at the core of everything we do. That means working with organisations that understand our business, working together to innovate and collectively expand our resources and skills base.”
Deepak Sharma, AJW Group’s Technical Director says the Company has invested in systems and processes that enable it to professionally service a customer base of more than 800 airlines with over 500 aircraft under contract.
“We have the resources and the experienced people globally, located in over 40 countries and at our offices in London, Montreal, Miami, Singapore and Dubai, plus a highly skilled workforce at AJW Technique, our repair facility in Montreal. Working together with a legacy carrier like Air New Zealand is the next step for our business vision and we see this as the start of a wave of additional MRO agreements designed to complement the operational efficiency of the airline.”
This new strategic supplier relationship with Air New Zealand further underlines the benefits of component support, PBH, pooling and leasing and repair options available from AJW. Already highly regarded for its award-winning 24/7 AOG and critical component services, AJW is fast becoming the partner of choice to offer fully integrated support solutions to airline and MRO organisations seeking competitive advantage.
In addition to supervising the streamlining and expansion of the company's MRO and Technical capabilities, Sharma will now be the executive director responsible for AJW Singapore.
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