Aviation Technical Services and Qantas Partner to Reduce Maintenance Cost

October 9, 2014

Everett, Washington (October 9, 2014) ― Aviation Technical Services (ATS) and Qantas recently entered into an Engineering Services Agreement, which focuses on improving efficiency and reducing the maintenance cost of Qantas’ fleet of more than 75, Boeing 737 aircraft. The program will enhance elements of Qantas’ aircraft maintenance program through multiple phases of improvement that target everything from availability of material to utilization of personnel. For this project’s work scope, ATS will draw upon its extensive Boeing 737 maintenance, overhaul and engineering experience.

“It is our intent to synchronize this knowledge with some of our legacy concepts towards program optimization,” said Chris Nassenstein, Qantas Executive Manager of Engineering. “Aircraft maintenance programs constantly evolve and there is a point in time where years of addressing potential concerns inherently get embedded into each and every check.  We want to step back and reassess what and how we should be managing our maintenance program.” He also added, “Reliability statistics measured against other operator benchmarks should be reviewed and challenged—we want a solution that focuses on safety and managed reliability, balanced against cost effectiveness.”

“We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Qantas to the engineering platform, recognizing that a total value solution is paramount to managing and reducing operator costs,” stated Matt Yerbic, ATS President and CEO. 

About Aviation Technical Services

ATS has been providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for commercial and military aircraft for more than 40 years. Today, ATS is home to more than 1,000 employees who work together to support a global customer base across three major business platforms: Airframe Services; Components Services; Engineering Services. From a base of operations in Everett, Washington and now with facilities in Moses Lake, Washington and Kansas City, Missouri, FAA Class IV Airframe and Class 1, 2 and 3 accessory ratings enable ATS to perform MRO services on virtually any transport aircraft in the world. ATS is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC®). For more information, visit atsmro.com.

About Qantas Airways

Qantas (QAN.AX) is the only airline offering A380 service from the US on select nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Sydney and to Melbourne. The Qantas A380 features aircraft interiors designed by internationally renowned industrial designer and Qantas Creative Director Marc Newson. Qantas has also introduced refurbished interiors on selected Boeing 747-400 aircraft (B747) offering more customers a premium flying experience, including state-of-the-art Airbus A380-style seats and in-flight entertainment units. Providing 37 flights per week from the US, Qantas offers 34 nonstop flights from Los Angeles (to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane/Sydney, daily services from JFK via Los Angeles and three services per week from Honolulu to Sydney. For more information, visit quantas.com.au.