With three large commercial aircraft service centers in the U.S.—a total of 25 lines of maintenance in Macon, Ga., Bridgeport, W.Va., and Tucson—Bombardier is finding receptive airlines, officials say.
Republic also signed a component support agreement with Embraer for its 145/170/175/190s, including those it will operate for American Airlines. Republic had done a lot of Embraer work internally.
Alaska Airlines' Horizon Air is another carrier that moved MRO work outside. In 2010, Horizon began outsourcing heavy maintenance of its Q400 fleet—now 48 aircraft—to Empire Aerospace in Hayden, Idaho. The move shaved Horizon's maintenance base staff by 100, although some moved to jobs at line bases.