Quickstep Holdings Ltd (Quickstep), Australia’s largest independent aerospace composite business, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alliance Aviation Services (Alliance). It opens a period of detailed negotiation to secure formal contracting arrangements in support of Alliance Airlines’ growing fleet of Embraer E190 aircraft.
Alliance is a provider of aircraft charter services for the provision of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) services to the Australian mining and energy industries.
The MOU seeks to provide a unique component repair capability to the Alliance fleet expansion programme.
There are several outcomes intended from the MOU, including:
- A multi-year component support agreement for the Alliance Embraer E190 fleet
- Onshore composite, metal and bonded component support in partnership with the global supply chain
- Onshore nacelle support provided by Quickstep with support from the OEM
- On-site technical support at the new Alliance heavy maintenance facility in Rockhampton, QLD.
Mark Burgess, chief executive of Quickstep, said “Alliance is a great Australian airline pioneer operating a large domestic fleet and their fleet expansion programme is expected to result in them growing to be the largest operator of the Embraer E190 in the world.
“Alliance have a strong desire to build domestic MRO capability as evidenced by their investment in Rockhampton.
“Quickstep is proud to be in a position to offer this Australian supply chain solution as Alliance continue their remarkable growth story.”
Scott McMillan, Alliance’s managing director, said: “It’s particularly important for the aviation industry in Australia that we work with suppliers like Quickstep to build onshore skill sets and repair capability to achieve prompt turnaround times on component repairs and maintenance.
“Alliance looks forward to working with Quickstep to turn this MOU into tangible infrastructure.”