IMG_1329.jpg Lee Ann Shay/Aviation Week

Virgin Atlantic Pens Safran Deal, Evaluates Landing Gear Options

Virgin Atlantic selects Safran for thrust reverser MRO.

LONDON--Virgin Atlantic Airways signed a five-year agreement with Safran Nacelles for Airbus A330ceo thrust reverser MRO. The deal takes effect this year but financial terms were not disclosed.

After signing the agreement on Oct. 17 at MRO Europe, Phil Wardlaw, Virgin’s VP engineering and maintenance, said the NacelleLife agreement helps with “cost of ownership.” He also said “we like to contract with OEMs” and use repairs to manage costs.

He said Virgin has a number of contracts with the Safran group, including one for both the supply and aftermarket support of aircraft seats.

Virgin Atlantic also is seeking a new landing gear MRO contract and is talking with Safran as one potential provider, said Wardlaw. He expects to make a decision imminently.

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