Embraer and national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) have signed a multi-year contract for the Collaborative Inventory Planning (ECIP) programme.
The two announced this at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow last week. Under this contract, Embraer will take over the planning and replenishment of a sizeable portion of KQ’s spare parts stock covering the 15 Embraer E190 aircraft operated by the airline.
KQ carries over three million passengers annually to 51 destinations worldwide, 42 of which are in Africa. The Sky Team Alliance member has 32 aircraft including its flagship B787 Dreamliner.
In October this year, KQ is expected to make its inaugural flight to the United States operating its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.
ECIP is part of a suite of services Embraer offers or is developing to support the worldwide growing fleet of Embraer aircraft through TechCare.
KQ was upbeat about the new milestone:
We are proud to be one of the few approved E190 services centres in Africa currently operating 15 Embraer E190-E1s, making us the largest E-jet operator in Africa. pic.twitter.com/E8L2H493lM
— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) July 25, 2018
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The main benefits of the programme include guaranteed availability of parts, optimised inventory with reduced inventory holding cost, fixed spare parts prices, short replenishment lead times and a door-to-door delivery service.
“Having Kenya Airways as a customer for ECIP is a strong endorsement for the programme and Embraer Services in general. This proves that our customers can get the state of the art support of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) with a competitive value,” says Johann Bordais, President and CEO at Embraer Services & Support at TechCare.
“With ECIP we will be able to optimise our inventory while at the same time increasing the availability of spare parts for our aircraft,” says Ron Lussier, Head of Material Management at Kenya Airways.
ECIP was introduced in 2002 and it takes advantage of craft maker’s large expendables inventory, global purchasing power, and sophisticated software to accurately plan and stock contracted expendables at the best possible pricing.
Embraer has been operating in Africa since 1978 when the first Bandeirante turboprop arrived on the continent.
The company continues to consolidate its presence in the region’s fast-growing aviation industry offering the best solutions in services and support to its customers.
Since it was founded in 1969, Brazil headquartered global company has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft.
The company is involved in commercial and executive aviation, defence and security. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services.