Jazz Technical Services, established as a separate unit of Jazz Aviation in May 2016, is considering more third-party work following the signing of a two-year heavy maintenance deal with Commutair in late 2016. The deal covering 15 of Commutair's Dash 8s adds to a previous third-party agreement signed with Air Georgian for 14 regional jets.
Cesar Longeri, director of MRO operations at JTS which employs around 250 people in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, said he expects this count to expand as JTS dock lines grow from three to four.
JTS’s Halifax maintenance facility now spans 64,000 square feet. It is considering allocating one line of 10,000 square feet for external customers. In addition to heavy MRO, JTS can do cabin interior and panel refurbishments, Gogo onboard Wi-Fi installations, Dash 8 extended-service programs and cabin reconfigurations.
Longeri feels the MRO unit can make a good case to outsource opportunities.
“We have a strong track record as a high-quality maintenance operator with skilled technicians and unmatched experience with Bombardier regional aircraft,” Longeri stresses. “For the past three consecutive years, Jazz has been recognized by Bombardier Aerospace for exceptional reliability performance at Bombardier's annual Airline Reliability Performance Awards.”
Jazz is also the launch customer for Bombardier’s Dash 8-300 ESP, and through JTS, runs a 24/7 technical facility.