The contract, which will be carried out at Satair Group’s UK battery facility near London Heathrow Airport, will support Flybe’s mixed fleet of Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops and Embraer E175/195 regional jetliners, along with other aircraft types operated by Flybe under wet-lease arrangements across mainland Europe.
Some 2,000 battery services a year are expected as a result of this contract, ensuring that Satair UK remains the world’s largest commercial aircraft battery servicing operation.
“This important contract is growing evidence of an airline trend to outsource non-core services to improve quality and service”, said Jon Ravenhall, Satair Group Managing Director Operations Repair Europe (UK). “The specific benefits to Flybe will be improved turnaround times, enhanced service levels, high quality standards and lower overall costs,” he added.
Flybe’s Engineering and Maintenance Ops Team adds: “Satair Group has established a strong and reliable reputation for their services within the industry. We look forward to working with them in maximising efficiencies in this key area of our business.”
Airbus Material & Supply Chain Services and Satair are part of Satair Group, a 100% stand-alone company and Airbus subsidiary with $1.3 billion revenue, more than 1,000 employees worldwide and a vision to become the global market leader in the civil aircraft parts management business in 2017.