AvCraft, BAE in Support Deal

 - January 31, 2007, 4:23 AM

Dornier 328JET certificate holder AvCraft Aerospace has recruited BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to take responsibility for spares storage, distribution and logistics support for the 32-seat regional jet and its turboprop sibling. The six-year contract covers 328s and 328JETs registered in North, Central and South America.

The new partners began executing the first phase of the deal last month, when AvCraft started moving parts sourced from new Fairchild Aircraft owner M7 Aerospace to BAE Systems’ Herndon, Va. warehouse. A second shipment of parts would come from AvCraft’s own stock in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

During the second phase of the agreement, which runs for six months, AvCraft will route orders placed by customers in the Americas through BAE in Herndon. Finally, BAE will act as the direct customer contact across the Americas on behalf of AvCraft, receiving spares orders and shipping them in response to requirements. BAE Regional Aircraft provides similar spares support for ATR in North America and for Embraer and Raytheon in Europe.