Amsterdam, Netherlands, October 16th, 2018 – Embraer announced today at MRO Europe that they have signed a Flight Hour Pool Program agreement with Western Air, from the Bahamas, to provide repairable component support for the carrier’s fleet of ERJ-145 aircraft. Western Air recently purchased three ERJ-145s from Embraer, becoming the first operator of the aircraft in the country, and the operator plans to purchase additional aircraft by the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.

The multiyear Flight Hour Pool Program for the carrier’s fleet of Embraer jets includes material services engineering and advanced component exchanges from Embraer’s spare parts warehouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Western Air, our newest ERJ-145 operator in the Caribbean, to the Embraer Family!”, said Paulo McCluskey, Vice President, Embraer Customer Support and Services, Commuter/On Demand Aviation. “The support of the OEM is a natural fit for the customer. Embraer’s Pool Program will allow Western Air to concentrate on their daily operations, while Embraer manages the supply-chain for rotable components.”

“We are looking forward to working with Embraer as we transition into our new fleet of ERJ-145s. The support of the Pool Program will be instrumental in the upkeep of our daily operations,” said Rexy Rolle, VP of Operations and General Counsel at Western Air.

Embraer’s Flight Hour Pool Program, which currently supports more than 40 airlines worldwide, is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment on expensive repairable inventories and resources and to take advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and its vast component repair service provider network. The results are significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs, reduction in required warehousing space, and the virtual elimination of the need for resources required for repair management, while ultimately providing guaranteed performance levels.

The component solution program is part of a suite of services that Embraer offers or has under development to support the growing fleet of Embraer aircraft worldwide through TechCare, the new Embraer platform that assembles the entire portfolio of products and solutions to deliver the best experience of services and support.