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UTair looks to Wales to give its engines more thrust for its money

By The Siberian Times reporter
06 January 2013

Ambitious Siberian airline UTair has concluded a $25 million three year deal with TES Aviation Group to manage its engine stock.

Welsh TES - Total Engine Support - will be involved in 'planning regular and unscheduled maintenance operations, choosing subcontractors for service and repairs, purchasing spare parts and securing leasing for engines'

'The outsource company will manage a stock of 117 engines with the aim of reducing operational costs and providing optimal service schemes for high flight regularity,' said a statement from the Tyumen based carrier, one of the top three airlines in Russia.

The company - the initials stand for Total Engine Support - will be involved in 'planning regular and unscheduled maintenance operations, choosing subcontractors for service and repairs, purchasing spare parts and securing leasing for engines'.

'The partnership with TES, the market leader in the field of power plant maintenance management, will contribute to helping UTair achieve objectives in the area of cost optimisation management,' said UTair chief financial officer Igor Petrov. 

'Progressive introduction of fundamentally new schemes for engine stock maintenance will help UTair realise a more effective control in this activity as well as in forecasting and planning expenditures.'

Stephen Taylor, senior vice president of sales and marketing at TES, stressed: 'We are honoured to work with UTair's professional and prudent team and to establish important partnerships for the effective management of engine stock. 

'UTair strives for success, and we equally intend to facilitate UTair in achieving key goals in the management of residual value in assets and for reducing operating costs. We look forward to working with the airline.'

Joint TES founder Ashley Cooper said he hoped the three-year deal would lead to a long relationship between the Welsh and Russian partners, reported the national newspaper of Wales, The Western Mail.

'Our team will be working closely with UTair looking at all aspects of engine operating cost per flying hour, utilising our strengths in technical and commercial management as well as inventory and lease engine provisioning. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with UTair.'

In 2011 UTair aircraft transported 6,750,425 passengers. In the period from January-November 2012 UTair Group serviced 28.2% more passengers than for the same period of 2011. In 2012 the airline expects an increased transport volume of up to 10 million passengers.

UTair operates more than 200 fixed wing aircraft and performs flights to 110 destinations in Russia and aboard.

The airline maintains its central hub at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, from which it performs 100 flights daily.

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It's great to see Britain exporting its services worldwide, the EU's falling apart. Borra da to Bridgend.
Cam, Yorkshire, England
08/01/2013 09:53
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