BAE Systems picks K+N for Miami hub

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BAE Systems has called in Kuehne + Nagel to develop a support and services hub for some its aircraft in Miami.

The aircraft manufacturer has seen a growing customer base for its BAe 146/Avro RJ and Jetstream 41 aircraft and the new hub will be used to supply consumables and rotable spares (ie those that can be restored to a serviceable condition).

Although BAE Systems Regional Aircraft examined the potential for warehousing spares stock in various South American countries, the attractions of Miami as a powerful air transport hub with excellent pan-Latin American air connections rapidly became apparent.

The identified spares stock will be despatched from BAE Systems’ warehouse at Weybridge, Surrey, direct to Kuehne + Nagel’s facility in Miami and replenished in batches as necessary.

Sean McGovern, business director support for BAE Systems Regional Aircraft said: “The growing popularity of the BAe 146/Avro RJ in particular in South America has meant that we have had to re-evaluate the way we support this market to give operators a more responsive service. In turn this gives us opportunities to grow our support revenues through improved customer service and new lines of business in the region.”

Within the scope of its “Supply the Sky” programme, Kuehne + Nagel offers an integrated range of logistics services for the aerospace industry.

The Miami warehouse will also be used to serve the North American market, where a number of new operators of the BAe 146/Avro RJ85 are emerging.

This new initiative is part of BAE Systems Regional Aircraft’s Latin American Support strategy and follows a Latin American support conference held last year.

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