De Havilland Aircraft of Canada has firmed a strategic partnership with a Dutch company, Fokker Services Group, for aftermarket support services.
This will extend the already strong and existing De Havilland Component Solutions arrangement for a five-year term until December 2027.
In the meantime, Fokker Services will also continue to provide its expertise and know-how during the extended period through 2027.
Hub and spoke spares distribution
Fokker Services has always been a valuable and close partner to De Havilland Canada. On Tuesday 4 April, Fokker also announced that it will be providing third-party logistical (3PL) services to aid the aftermarket business of De Havilland Canada.
This gives more credibility to the Canadian company. Under the newly announced agreement, Fokker Services will provide a 2,550 square-meter or 27,000 square-foot, warehouse space in Amsterdam and 3PL operations to the Canadian company.
This will allow the Canadian aircraft manufacturer to establish a hub and spoke spare parts distribution model. Services such as include Inbound Receiving, Put Away, Picking, Packaging, and Shipping, as well as Quality Control are proudly served by Fokker Services.
Increased efficiency and competitiveness
The integration of the distribution center and component solutions into a single location will enhance efficiency and delivery services to operators across Europe. Leighton Storsley, Vice President, Aftermarket and Business Development said:
“This agreement with Fokker Services further demonstrates De Havilland Canada’s commitment to bring distribution network solutions close to our customers to achieve better lead times and reduced freight costs.”
Storsley also noted: “While some of our peers are pulling back from their global distribution network, De Havilland Canada is showing additional commitment to ours.”
Menzo van der Beek, CEO, of Fokker Services, provided further comment on the new agreement: “Fokker Services has supported De Havilland Canada’s Dash 8 Component Solutions program and its customers around the world for many years.”
“We’re delighted to not only continue this support agreement but also become De Havilland Canada’s partner of choice for their spares distribution warehouse in EMEA.”
The Dutch CEO concluded: “Thanks to our global presence, the engineering skills of our employees, and a vast array of in-house capabilities, we’re uniquely positioned to face any component repair challenge, shortening turnaround times, and guaranteeing De Havilland Canada’s stringent standards of quality. ”