July 18, 2013
Thomson Airways selects ASC to provide wheels and brakes support on new Boeing 787s
Airline Services Components Limited (ASC) has been selected by Thomson Airways to provide maintenance support on the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (MBD) wheel and electrically actuated brake equipment, installed on the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This agreement will initially cover all eight 787 Dreamliners Thomson Airways is set to receive. Thomson Airways is the first UK airline to take delivery of the Dreamliner, which has been operating on short- and mid-haul routes since 21st June. Long haul inaugural flights to Cancun and Florida started on 8th July. The 787 will be operating regular routes from Manchester, East Midlands, Gatwick and Glasgow Airports. Thomson Airways’ will receive its first four aircraft this summer and the next four up until May 2015. ASC will support Thomson Airways under a minimum twelve year Cost Per Aircraft Landing (CAPL) pricing agreement which provides a fixed charge to cover initial provisioning, access to pool stock and the provision of Bridgestone tyres, along with logistics and repair management of the equipment. ASC will also locate consignment inventory in the UK and at operating bases in Brussels, Amsterdam and Stockholm. Through a tripartite agreement with Thomson and MBD, ASC will also manage the supply and replacement of carbon heat stacks and brake LRUs, thus providing Thomson with a total management solution for its wheel and brake equipment at a budgeted pricing structure.