LAF renews Airbus contract

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Airbus has announced that the Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its three Dauphin AS365 N3+ SAR helicopters.

During a three-year period, Airbus was able to achieve a 97 per cent average fleet availability – it initially agreed to provide an average of 80 per cent fleet availability.

“Airbus has far exceeded the availability rate agreed upon in the HCare Infinite support and service contract, achieving near-perfect 97 per cent fleet availability,” said Lieutenant Colonel Antanas Matutis, Šiauliai Air Base Commander. “As a direct result, our team was able to ensure continuous around-the-clock service to those in need of rescue in Lithuania, which we hope to continue through this contract renewal.”

The LAF was one of the first customers of the HCare Infinite material management service, which requires Airbus Helicopters to guarantee the operational availability of LAF’s Dauphin fleet, including technical support and supply of spare parts, tools and consumables. The contract gives the LAF

direct access to Airbus Helicopters’ parts inventory in Šiauliai as well as the Airbus parts-by-the-hour pool.

“Support plans like HCare Infinite with performance commitments taken by Airbus contribute towards our goal of building trusted, long-term partnerships with our customers,” said Matthieu Louvot, Executive Vice-President of Support and Services at Airbus Helicopters. “In this case, Lithuania can focus its energy on effectively performing life-saving missions while Airbus takes care of all the rest.”

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