Collins Aerospace has signed a 10-year support agreement with Etihad Airways covering the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The contract centers on Collins’s Dispatch flight-hour program and marks the first “performance-based” service program with Etihad.
Under the deal, Collins (Stand 1055) will provide on-site spares, maintenance services including upgrades, access to a worldwide 787 assets pool, and technical support for avionics. Collins claims to possess “unmatched knowledge” as the supplier and systems integrator of the 787’s flight deck display system, crew alerting system, pilot controls, and other critical components and systems.
The Boeing 787 accounts for one-third of Etihad’s fleet and it flies to 38 of its 76 passenger destinations. Plans call for the Dreamliners to service more routes in 2020. “The reliability of these aircraft is critical to the smooth flow of our daily operations and this reliability will continue to be important well into the future,” said Etihad COO Mohammad Ali Bulooki. “Our partnership with Collins Aerospace is an important investment in this reliability and in our brand.”