AerFin has signed a seven-year agreement to support BA CityFlyer’s fleet of 20 Embraer E-Jets via its “Beyond Pool” support programme. “Beyond Pool” offers a fixed cost solution for all of BA CityFlyer’s E-Jet component requirements and will be fully supported out of AerFin’s London Gatwick facility.

BA CityFlyer is a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways and part of the International Airlines Group (IAG).

IAG opened a competitive tender and conducted a very detailed overview of AerFin in its search for both a quality support solution and a competitive price point. This solution provides supply certainty to BA CityFlyer, reducing the operating cost of its E-Jet fleet, while maintaining high quality engineering.

BA CityFlyer operates from eight UK airports to over 30 European destinations per year, so proximity of support and reliability of a 24/7 AOG service were key factors in choosing the right supplier.

BA CityFlyer Head of Fleet & Airworthiness, Mark Leather, commented: “We are constantly exploring how our supplier relationships can achieve more value for us so that we can invest more for our customers and offer more low fares, especially given the strong competition in the short-haul market. The selection of AerFin as our preferred pool partner for our E-Jet fleet reflects a very rigorous evaluation across the range of parameters that we regard as essential; namely quality and reliability of service and support combined with a competitive price solution.”

AerFin CEO Bob James commented, “We are delighted to be able to launch our E-Jet Beyond Pool solution with BA Cityflyer. As airlines continue to search for competitive cost advantage, we see strong growth opportunity in supporting the E-Jet global platform. The selection of AerFin as a key partner follows a deep evaluation and audit by both IAG and BA Cityflyer of our facilities and processes and this contract, from one of the world’s leading blue-chip airlines, endorses the growing range of support services and solutions that AerFin offers to the market.”