A new integrated air management system developed and manufactured by Liebherr-Aerospace entered into service with ASL Airlines Ireland on behalf of FedEx on 15 December onboard an ATR cargo aircraft.
ATR and Liebherr-Aerospace say the companies are very happy to have strengthened their long-term relationship for the ATR 42/72 programme and to cross the milestone of having this inaugural flight with a cargo aircraft version. According to Liebherr, the newly enhanced system improves onboard comfort for passengers and crew while at the same time substantially reducing operational costs.
“In today’s competitive aviation landscape, it is imperative to constantly evaluate best-in-class partners, and Liebherr was able to deliver not only cost-effectiveness, but, most importantly, performance enhancements. Liebherr’s footprint in our ATR family has now been expanded from pressurisation and anti-ice components to bleed and air management systems as well as ground cooling system”, said David Brigante, ATR senior vice president programmes and customer services.
Liebherr-Aerospace says it will also provide product support for ATR’s fleet under the ATR Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA). The companies have signed a 10-year commitment and Liebherr-Aerospace will be the exclusive product support provider for the new air management system worldwide.
“We are honoured to have been selected by ATR back in 2016 to be the supplier of the new enhanced air management system for their fleet. This contract represents a major win for our organisation, because not only we will manufacture the system, but also, most importantly, we get to support it. Our focus on long-term customer satisfaction is what has earned us the repeat business of our valued customers. We take great pride in not just meeting, but consistently exceeding, our service levels”, said Alex Vlielander, chief services officer, Liebherr-Aerospace & Transportation SAS.