AvCraft Announces Agreement with Air Antilles Express

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AvCraft Announces Agreement with Air Antilles Express

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AvCraft Announces Long Term Heavy Maintenance Agreement with ATR Operator Air Antilles Express
Agreement follows another early delivery of an ATR 42 from heavy check
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

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Deric Ingalls, AvCraft Project Lead, hands over an ATR 42 from c-check to Jean-Phillipe Coudrat, senior technical manager of Air Antilles Express. AvCraft redelivered this aircraft from C-Check five days ahead of schedule.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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ATR, Dash 8 and Dornier MRO specialist AvCraft Technical Services today announced a long term heavy maintenance agreement with Caribbean carrier CAIRE Air Antilles Express. This new agreement follows the early redelivery of a second ATR 42 from heavy check at AvCraft’s Myrtle Beach, South Carolina facility.

“AvCraft redelivered this aircraft from C-Check five days ahead of schedule,” said Mr. Jean-Phillipe Coudrat, the most senior technical executive at Air Antilles Express. “We had a flawless flight test and then an uneventful 5½-hour nonstop ferry flight. The aircraft is back in service now.”

Air Antilles Express operates three ATR 42 on high frequency regional routes linking five Caribbean islands from a base in Guadeloupe, French West Indies. The airline chooses its maintenance vendors based on the quality of their work, their turnaround times and their competitive pricing.

“We’re satisfied that AvCraft can deliver the performance we expect from our vendors,” added Jean-Phillipe. “A long term agreement makes sense for us.”

Air Antilles Express was AvCraft’s first ATR customer, contracting for an initial heavy check in February 2010. Since then AvCraft’s ATR customer base has grown to seven airlines and leasing companies in North America, the Caribbean and Europe.

“I’m proud of the work that our team is doing,” said Mr. Mike Hill, President of AvCraft. “And I’m especially proud that we’ve won the respect of a highly capable operator like Air Antilles Express. We look forward to a long and productive relationship.”

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  • AvCraft redelivered this aircraft from C-Check five days ahead of schedule


"How fast can you go?" Sounds like an American hurry-up operation to me... how many corners do they cut? How many processes are they bypassing? How many parts are illegally re-used or replaced with substandard OEM parts?

These folks are boasting about it.... red flags all over the place - to me, anyway.

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Unread post by islandflyer » Tue Sep 27, 2011

Not necessarily... sometimes I will estimate 1-2 days over my expected time for completion, to build in wiggle room and to impress the client, although if I do finish ahead of schedule I don't go around boasting about it.

If they are a capable and efficient MRO, then let the world know!

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I hear what you are saying, but my point of view is that this is a highly competitive environment - surely their quote would already have been cheaper and turn-around time would already have been shorter than the opposition, no?

So, both completing the C-Check AND doing a full flight test AND delivering it to the owners a whole five days ahead of schedule suggests something different to me. It just seems like a whole lot of short cuts go into this kind of "We do it faster" operation.

IMHO you can make a cheaper muffler and install it faster in a car. But when it comes to maintenance in aviation, I think faster would seldom be better.

By all means, put double the engineers, tools and overtime to work on it 24/7, but then you can't make a profit because of all the salaries and expenses - and then you won't get the work because you're too expensive.

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Unread post by islandflyer » Wed Sep 28, 2011

Also true...guess I'm just one of those bleeding heart, tree-hugging, veggie-eating wackos that only sees rainbows and butterflies, instead of the real, hard, cruel world.

Still, gotta love me!

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Re: AvCraft Announces Agreement with Air Antilles Express

Unread post by bimjim » Wed Sep 28, 2011

I'm not gonna touch that one!


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