Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has clinched a three-year deal to support Garuda Indonesia’s fleet of Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets. Each aircraft is fitted with six wheels and Dunlop estimates that its contract with the airline’s maintenance company, GMF AeroAsia, will be worth in excess of US$3m.
It is the first time that Dunlop has had an ongoing contract to support Garuda aircraft, although the company has previously supplied the airline on an ad-hoc basis.
“Garuda is one of Asia’s fastest-growing airlines and we are very pleased to have been given the chance to support its fleet of CRJ1000s,” said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ chairman, Ian Edmondson. “The new tires for this contract will be made at our factory in Birmingham, with distribution and retreading at our facility in Jinjiang, China.”
Meanwhile, Dunlop has also been selected to supply tires for the new turboprop regional airliner being developed by Chinese manufacturer AVIC Aircraft Xi’an Branch.
Each Modern Ark 700 aircraft (MA700) will require six tires (two for the nose wheels and four for the main wheels) and the manufacturer projects worldwide sales of approximately 800 aircraft. The aircraft is due to make its first flight in 2017 ahead of entry into service in 2019 with launch customers Okay Airways and Joy Air.
June 18, 2015