Low-cost Carrier flydubai Signs MRO Agreements

 - November 15, 2011, 2:25 PM

Low-cost carrier flydubai announced $74 million in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contracts Tuesday at the Dubai Airshow.

The airline signed agreements with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), part of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, with a combined value of $54 million.

The primary agreement for integrated component support covers the repair management and forward component exchange, and will see ADAT provide material support of flydubai’s fleet of Boeing 737s. ADAT also secured a new contract to complete 18 C checks on flydubai 737s throughout 2012. Last year, ADAT and flydubai signed a 10-year contract for maintenance support of wheels, brakes, oxygen bottles and batteries.

Honeywell and flydubai signed a 10-year, $20 million maintenance cost agreement to support the 131-9B APUs ( auxiliary power units) on flydubai’s fleet. The contract provides flydubai with a “stable, predictable maintenance cost structure,” Honeywell said.

The Dubai government-owned airline operates 20 Boeing 737-800s, with another 30 due to be delivered by the end of 2016. In addition to the MRO agreements, flydubai said it has signed contracts worth $170 million at list prices to finance its first two 737-800 deliveries in 2012. The eight-year sale and leas-back contracts were concluded with MC Aviation Partners.