Icelandair picks B&H as partner for AOG and urgent shipments

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Left to Right: Eirikur Vilhjalmsson (Materials Manager), Seth Profit (Chief Information Officer B&H Worldwide) Alistair McVicar (Regional Customer Solutions Manager B&H Worldwide), Jens Thordarson (VP Technical Operations), Einer Gudmundsson (Director Materials and Logistics) and Russell Dean (Implementation and AOG Manager B&H Worldwide)

Icelandair Group has picked B&H Worldwide as its global partner for managing time-critical, AOG and urgent airline spare shipments effective from today (1 June 2017).

The three year contract has an option for an additional two years, and covers all three Icelandair Group companies – I.T.S. (Icelandair Technical Services), Icelandair and Icelandair Cargo.

B&H’s Los Angeles and Hong Kong regional offices will play a key role in the contract, with Miami and Singapore acting as regional support centres, and the LA hub will be utilised to consolidate shipments and reduce costs where multiple parts are destined for Icelandair’s Chinese maintenance facility.

B&H Worldwide chief executive officer, Stuart Allen says: “We will run Icelandair’s contract from our London based 24/7 AOG & Time Critical Logistics Centre using our unique cloud-based OnTrack system. We will fully integrate with their IT platform to drive significant efficiencies including improved communication.”

He adds: “We are implementing a thorough programme of end to end systems integration and supply chain improvements that will include complete visibility of all of shipments, improved transit times and ongoing cost reduction.”

B&H was selected to provide a range of time critical solutions for Icelandair’s engineering parts, which involve a series of complex supply chains with vendors across Europe, America and Asia, following an extensive tender process, and a number of test shipments have already taken place including several urgent engine movements.

Icelandair vice president technical operations, Jens Thordason says: “While price is always an important factor in choosing a partner, it was B&H’s continuous improvement process and their focus on how we can reduce costs and at the same time do things smarter which sold us on their services.”