Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Swiss International Air Lines has selected Bombardier’s Smart Parts Program to provide component support for the airline’s fleet of 30 all-new C Series aircraft.
The 10-year agreement positions Swiss as the launch customer for the C Series Smart Parts Program and provides the airline with comprehensive component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, access to a strategically located spare part exchange pool, and an on-site inventory based at the airline’s main hub in Zurich, Switzerland.
Swiss is the launch operator for the C Series aircraft, with the first CS100 aircraft scheduled to be delivered by Bombardier in June 2016. SWISS will take delivery of a total of 30 CS100 and CS300 aircraft.
“As we approach entry-into-service with our CS100 aircraft, we have selected Bombardier as our component services supplier — strengthening our relationship even further,” said Peter Wojahn, Chief Technical Officer, Swiss International Air Lines. “The Smart Parts Program will guarantee part availability and provide us with a cost-effective solution for our component maintenance and spare part requirements. This will enable us to secure a successful entry-into-service and to operate our fleet of C Series aircraft to its full potential, while reducing maintenance-related costs and our own investments into spare components.”
“As the launch operator for the all-new C Series aircraft, we are pleased to have SWISS join our Smart Parts Program as launch customer,” said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Bombardier is delivering value to SWISS through our tailored Smart Parts Services offering to meet the airline’s specific operational requirements targeted at supporting high dispatch reliability and cost predictability for its fleet of C Series aircraft.”
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft launched the Smart Parts Program to provide Component Management Solutions in support of the Q400 aircraft fleet. The fleet supported by the Smart Parts Program has now grown to 130 aircraft enrolled by Q400 and C Series customers.