Eastern Airlines Becomes GA Telesis’ Launch Customer for Five-Year Boeing 737NG iGEAR Program
Dallas, Texas – April 6th, 2016 – Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. (“Eastern”) has entered into a five-year agreement to become the iGEAR launch customer for GA Telesis. Under this exclusive program, GA Telesis will provide rotable component flight hour support, nacelle support with SNAP (Strategic Nacelle Access Program), as well as a comprehensive engine maintenance support program. The five-year partnership will cover Eastern’s initial fleet of five (5) B737NG aircraft with plans to expand the program to eight (8) aircraft by 2017. GA Telesis’ integrated service offering will also provide Eastern with 24/7/365 AOG support in North America and a MBK (main base kit) positioned at MIA. The program will be managed by GA Telesis’ Component Solutions Group (“CSG”) and supported via its in-house repair services through GA Telesis Component Repair Group (“CRG”), GA Telesis Composite Repair Group Southeast (“CRG-SE”), and GA Telesis Engine Services (“GATES”).
“We are excited about Eastern becoming our iGEAR launch customer,” said Ryan Heath, Vice President of CSG for North America. “We have worked hard towards developing a custom-tailored program that will provide comprehensive fleet support and deliver measurable cost savings over the next five-years for their Boeing 737NG fleet,” he added.
“Ultimately we selected GA Telesis because of their ability to leverage cost-saving by utilizing all of the integrated support capabilities of GA Telesis’ comprehensive iGEAR solution. With iGEAR we have scalable flight-hour component support, nacelle support, and engine maintenance coverage under one program,” said Edward Wegel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern.
“The development of a comprehensive yet commercially attractive solution for Eastern Air Lines was engineered around listening to our customer’s needs,” said Louis Morris, Director of Program Services at GA Telesis. “Our iGEAR program will provide Eastern with fixed budgeted costs, guaranteed component availability and around-the-clock total support so that they can focus on providing the world-class air service for which they are renowned.”
About Eastern Air Lines
Eastern Air Lines is headquartered at Miami International Airport and currently operates four (4) 737-800 and one (1) 737-700 aircraft, and will take delivery of a new 737-800 from Boeing in October 2016. It currently plans to operate ten (10) 737 NG aircraft by summer 2017 (subject to FAA and DOT approval) and has an order for ten (10) 737 -800 MAX aircraft. Eastern is in the process of building its own 80,000 sq ft maintenance facility at MIA.
About GA Telesis
GA Telesis is a worldwide leader in providing support services to the commercial aerospace industry. With financial, supply-chain, component and heavy jet engine MRO businesses spanning the globe, GA Telesis is recognized as a pioneering leader in solutions-based services in its sector. As an innovator, GA Telesis is one of the few independent companies in the world capable of providing a total-support-solution to their customers from their front door with several fully integrated operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. GA Telesis also provides leasing and asset management services and maintains an extensive portfolio of leased assets exceeding $1 billion in value.