Making a corporate jet work for an individual or a corporation is all about the math. And we all know that the purchase price of an aircraft is simply the price of entry. Bombardier (Booth No. N5731) announced at NBAA 2013 the launch of its Max maintenance program for Challenger 605, designed to reduce direct maintenance costs to owners and operators and increase dispatch availability by extending required maintenance intervals by as much as 50 percent.
The program is expected to be available to C605 owners and operators in the second quarter of 2014. What will it cost them to participate?
“Nothing, no cost,” explained Eric Martel, president of Bombardier Customer Services. “It is not complicated. It doesn’t matter about warranty status. It doesn’t matter how many owners the aircraft has had. We will do this program at our cost on the Challenger 300/600 series because it increases the utility and reliability of the product.”
This program, as well as programs for the Challenger 604 and a similar, but non-Max, one for the Learjet 40/45, are built on the success of the Challenger 300 Max program, which launched in July 2013 and is showing owners a direct maintenance cost reduction of as much as $24 per flight hour, over a 20-year period, based on an average annual usage of 500 flight hours.
“It’s a complicated process of gathering data and proving that the parts will hold up over time. It takes a lot of accurate data to substantiate that failure rates are low enough that we can extend intervals of maintenance. There is math behind it,” said Andy Nureddin, vice president of Bombardier Customer Services.
The Lear 40/45 program launched last week, but it requires purchase of a service bulletin for $70,000 to participate. That said, it has the potential to provide owners with the most cost savings over time. Bombardier expects operators to effect savings of more than $130 per flight hour over a 20-year period, again based on an average annual usage of 500 flight hours. Participants receive new maintenance documents that allow them to increase inspection intervals from 300 hours or 12 months and multiples of such, to 600 hours or 36 months.
“Bombardier has also produced a high-utilization maintenance program that optimizes the maintenance for operators who use the aircraft 1,000 hours or more per year,” said Nureddin.