Kenya Airways hopes to gain better component management skills through the vendor it just contracted to assist its supply chain performance and warranty management.
By the end of the two-year contract with Airinmar, the airline hopes to have gained supply chain management knowledge from the company that it can instill in its workforce, then “retake most of that business,” says Ronald Lussier, Kenya Airways head of material management.
Lussier, who signed the contract with AAR senior VP Rahul Shah on Jan. 23 at Aviation Week Network’s MRO Middle East exhibition, says the supply chain contract “will help our dispatch reliability.”
It applies to seven Boeing 787s, 11 737s and 15 Embraer ERJs.
“One of the things that Airinmar represented was a boutique operation that specializes in repair management and gives us the flexibility to customize our requirements into a package,” opposed to some MROs that did not supply customized contracts, says Lussier.
The airline material executive also likes AAR’s “online reporting tools that give us a management information system that allows us to check status, history and generate reports.”
The selection of Airinmar, an AAR company, complements an existing five-year power-by-the-hour contract that the airline has with AAR to manage its Boeing 737 components. That contract ends in December, says Shah.