Virgin Atlantic has appointed Bii.aero to oversee the consignment and storage process of its surplus inventory of 747-400, A340-600 and A330-200 assets, now that the airline no longer operates these fleets of aircraft.
The material covers all ATA chapters and includes engines, APUs and avionics.
Virgin Atlantic said it chose Bii following a competitive tender process, and based on the organisation’s “highly experienced team and its reputation for specialist consignment management”.
Bii will store, manage and market the material to secure revenue from the excess stock, and will sell, exchange and loan the parts, in accordance with customer requirements.
“We were keen to find a partner that would prioritise our material and be in a position to pro-actively reach the market to gain revenue from the stock quickly,” said Virgin Atlantic’s head of supply chain & commercial Martyn Haines.
“Of course a project of this size with complex requirements needs logistical expertise, but Bii’s team has handled this type of project for more than 30 years, co-ordinating smooth transitions and maximising value for customers. Having a support company like Bii that will dedicate staff and facilities to make it happen as a priority was essential to meet our objectives. We like their combination of fresh-thinking underpinned by a depth of industry experience.”
“Having stock available from the shelf is one of Bii’s key goals going forward,” said Bii’s CEO Francis Cradock. “This agreement works perfectly from both companies’ perspectives and harmonises with our existing consignment business for engines and 737 teardown material with other partners.”
The stock will transition across 90 days from Virgin Atlantic’s Cardiff stores to Bii’s warehousing facility close to London Gatwick. After inspection by Bii, a small percentage of unserviceable material will require re-tagging – this will be managed by Bii’s in-house repair management team through audited MRO shops worldwide.
“We have spacious new facilities to manage our growth strategy and there will always be space to work with new partners like Virgin Atlantic,” said Cradock. “We are building our portfolio with additional airline stock, teardowns, and packages of material that we purchase tactically to align with customers’ needs. Bii is becoming a growing force worldwide in the surplus sector of the market and we know that this consignment of 747-400, A340-600 and A330-200 assets will get the market talking.”
“We’re really delighted to welcome Virgin Atlantic to the Bii stock hub. We’ve worked hard to establish Bii as one of the key ‘go to’ sources for material handling – whether it is supporting supply contracts with kit building and supply, which we have been doing for a number of years, or marketing their excess materials.
“We are looking at many new ways to support customers, like Virgin, including selling material with in-house stock solutions, or providing the expertise to sell directly from airlines’ own warehouses and locations. We know we can add value and deliver sustainable revenues by effectively marketing their materials while they focus on running the airline itself.”