Spares Cost Less with Cost-containment Program

 - March 4, 2009, 10:33 AM

The cost of maintaining older Bombardier Challengers and Globals can be reduced by as much as 50 percent under Challenger Spares & Support’s cost-containment program, according to Steve Davis, president of the Georgetown, Texas-based company. CSS provides airframe and engine component repairs for the Bombardier Challenger, Global 5000 and Global Express. “We help customers broker their repairs if they want their own part back while using our rental unit,” Davis said. “We own more than $50 million in assets and 24 ALF502-series engines to support the Challenger 600,” he said. “All other programs are simply engine insurance programs with their premiums determined by the number of hours each engine is operated. If it is a used aircraft there will also be the buy-in cost, and some programs have a minimum requirement of 250 flight hours per year per engine whether the aircraft is flown or not, a fact not always mentioned during contract negotiations. With CSS you pay only for what you need.”