SAVANNAH, Ga., June 11, 2014 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that the 300th customer has enrolled in the company’s cost-per-hour maintenance program, PlaneParts. The customer, charter provider EWA West LLC of San Jose, California, will operate a Gulfstream G650.
“PlaneParts has proven to be a very popular program for our customers since we started it in October 2010,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. “PlaneParts provides predictable maintenance costs for scheduled and unscheduled events. That is a great asset when it comes to budgeting.”
During the term of the operator’s aircraft warranty, PlaneParts provides Gulfstream operators with replacement components for parts removed for life limit or wear in exchange for monthly payments based on their aircraft’s flying hours. Examples of these components are oxygen bottles, battery packs, Firex bottles, oxygen masks, squibs, wheels, starter generators, horizontal stabilizer actuators, tires and brakes.
After the warranty period, PlaneParts extends this coverage to most components for unscheduled events, including avionics, mechanical airframe components, hydraulic airframe components, landing gear components, windshields, oxygen lines and items that need to be replaced, per mandatory service bulletins.
For the G650, G550, G450, G280 and G150 upon entry-into-service, PlaneParts offers optional coverage for some aircraft systems installed during final-phase manufacturing. These include water and waste, entertainment and in-flight information, Broad Band Multi-Link, Gulfstream’s Enhanced Vision System II, in-flight phones and satellite television.
In short, Gulfstream PlaneParts gives peace of mind to operators by offering a smooth, predictable budget, risk protection and single-source component ordering from the company's vast product support network, which includes 24/7 aircraft-on-ground assistance.