Fokker Services Group (FSG), a global leader in aircraft maintenance, modifications, completions and conversions, and AlbaStar S.A. (AlbaStar), an on-demand flight services provider for tour operators based in Spain, have entered into a component support programme for the carrier’s fleet of five Boeing 737NG aircraft. With this programme, AlbaStar officially becomes the launch customer of FSG’s Boeing 737NG nose-to-tail (NTT) component maintenance and availability programme.
FSG will service a wide range of components of the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 737 NG. This includes IDGs, engine accessories, hydraulic actuators, valves, cockpit controls, and instruments. Engaging in this NTT agreement represents a unique opportunity for the airline to focus on its core business, while ensuring continued competitive operation, as they delegate the responsibilities of component availability and maintenance to FSG.
Jaime Bestard, COO and Executive Technical Director of AlbaStar, said: “Having access to extensive pool stocks and nearby repair capabilities, FSG has proven to be the reliable, versatile partner we sought to ensure an efficient aircraft operation. We’re thrilled to have shaped a bespoke agreement that fits our needs as a medium-size company and we eagerly anticipate seeing how FSG’s support contributes to our expansion plans, including doubling the size of our Boeing 737NG fleet in the following years”.
FSG’s track record in NTT programmes dates back to 1992, when the company developed the first component maintenance and availability programme to support Fokker operators. Over time, the programme expanded to include the Dash-8 and CRJ series. At the same time FSG has expanded its in-house repair capabilities with the ultimate goal to reach up to 70% for the Boeing B737NG platform. As a result, expanding such expertise to a full nose-to-tail programme is a natural evolution in the company’s growth roadmap, ultimately maintaining outstanding control over costs, turnaround times and reliability.