AAR has landed several supply-chain contracts with low-cost and regional carriers in the past few months, adding over 200 aircraft to more than 1,000 already under contract, notes Deepak Sharma, president of AAR International Supply Chain. “Many more deals will be announced soon.”
Recent AAR Supply Chain Integration agreements have been made with Europe’s Volotea, Poland’s Enter Air, Africa’s LCC fastjet, flydubai and CommutAir. The company has enhanced customer service by establishing a sales team at Gatwick and a base of operations in Africa. “Our teams are closer than ever to our customers,” Sharma stresses.
Through its global network, AAR now offers nose-to-tail management of components and repairs for most types flown by LCCs and regional carriers. Integrated Supply Chain Solutions includes flight-hour support, aggregating consumables and expendables, and 24 by 7 AOG support. Flight-hour programs can include rotable pools, management of inventories, repairs and reliability, plus warehousing and logistics. Selected services may be charged per hour or at fixed prices.
Sharma says service points around the world allow AAR to dispatch parts and services to the most convenient customer locations, minimizing costs and down time. It also exploits relationships with OEMs and its part-supply business for procurement and exchanges. Predictive-maintenance software and experience in component repairs enable AAR to anticipate repair needs.
Typically, AAR handles nose-to-tail management of parts and repairs for customers. For instance, AAR provides full cost-per-flight-hour support for CommutAir’s new ERJ-145s, doing inventory management, logistics and MRO of rotables. “We can repair in New York or Amsterdam or manage repairs by other vendors,” Sharma explains. The CommutAir contract also includes wheel, tire and brake maintenance in Miami.