Inflite MRO Services wins Spairliners contract for Embraer E-Jet component repair work

Thursday 17th October 2019

  • Inflite MRO Services logo
  • Inflite’s Christoffer Creutz with Spairliners’ Benoît Rollier at MRO Europe yester

Inflite MRO-Services, part of the Inflite Group, has secured a new, long-term contract with Spairliners GmbH, the Lufthansa Technik/Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance JV business, to handle component repair work on the Embraer E-Jet 170 and 190 airliners.  The contract was signed during the MRO Europe Show in London this week.

When work is set to commence in 2020, Inflite will be supporting a wide range of E-Jet rotable components for Spairliners’ E-Jet customers, including difficult to transport and hazardous items.  Work will be carried out at its dedicated components workshops at London Southend Airport.

Christoffer Creutz, Managing Director of Inflite MRO Services, London Stansted based Inflite The Jet Centre and Excellence Aviation commented: “This is a milestone win for our components business and we are delighted to be starting work with Spairliners, a prestigious company, supporting the industry’s leading regional jet family.” “It endorses the regular component work we have been doing on E-Jets these past few years and complements our role as Europe’s leading Authorised Service Centre on Embraer business jets, at our London Stansted Airport HQ.”

“We look forward to cooperating with Inflite MRO Services in order to allow us to gain more flexibility in this changing market and take advantage of their comprehensive capabilities,” said Benoît Rollier, Chief Financial Officer at Spairliners.

Inflite MRO Services has been increasingly active supporting E-Jet family components, supporting several customers ad hoc, including Flybe.  It is a major shift for the business, which built its reputation as a specialist BAe 146 support centre.  With more BAe 146s moving overseas, Inflite has moved into more modern types, including the Airbus A320 and B737.   New branding and a new website reflects the transition.

The Inflite Group sold its hangar at London Southend Airport a few years ago, but is currently in dialogue with airport management regarding a new facility as the MRO business grows, Christoffer Creutz confirmed.

“We run this business like a family, replicating the importance on customer service and attention to detail that our sister company Inflite The Jet Centre delivers to its VIP charter customers at our London Stansted HQ,” said Inflite MRO Services Commercial Manager Trevor Wood. 

Trevor joined Inflite five years ago and is especially proud of Inflite’s active apprenticeship programme.  The business has seven apprentices in total – at Southend and Stansted.  Last year The Inflite Group donated a 1982-built out of service Bombardier Challenger 600 to its neighbour, the new Stansted Airport College, for its students to work on.

Inflite’s Christoffer Creutz with Spairliners’ Benoît Rollier at MRO Europe yesterday

Photo: Serena Parkin for Inflite

Editor’s notes.

Founded in 1982 as part of the Inflite Group, Inflite MRO Services specialises in component maintenance, repair and overhaul support. Based at London Southend Airport, it offers 12 self-contained specialist workshops handling APU, Electrical Generation, Electrical Mechanical, Avionics and Instruments, Power Plant, Oxygen, Evacuation Systems, Environmental Waste Systems, Pressurisation/ Pneumatic, Hydraulic, NDT, Calibration, Sheet Metal and Composite Repair facilities.

With a reliable reputation for on-time cost effective solutions for MRO requirements. Inflite approvals include - FAA Part 145, ISO, EASA part 145 TCCA (Transport Canada).  The group has a 60-strong workforce and an active apprentice programme.

About Spairliners

Spairliners GmbH was founded in 2005 as an equally split joint venture between Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Lufthansa Technik and located with its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. The company offers component services for the Airbus A380 and the Embraer E-Jet Family, comprising of the E170/175 and E190/195 series. Its multiple services are provided from a single source and combined with engineering expertise. These include component access, home base stock lease, stand-alone repair, and assets optimization as well as tooling. As a market leader in Integrated Component Care, Spairliners is a trusted and proven supplier to world-renowned airlines such as, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, KLM Cityhopper, Air France HOP and Lufthansa CityLine. The company operates logistic hubs in Paris, Frankfurt, Singapore, Miami and Munich.

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