Babcock secures Air New Zealand asset management contract

Auckland, New Zealand - April 10, 2014: Air New Zealand planes in Auckland International Airport. It was the only airline to circumnavigate the world till March 2013.

Babcock joins forces with Air New Zealand for critical ground support equipment management

Babcock has signed a five-year contract with Air New Zealand to provide centralised ground support equipment management for the airline across New Zealand and the Pacific.

Babcock is best known for the management of the Devonport Dockyard, which includes complete ship repair, engineering services and strategic asset management for the Royal New Zealand Navy.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Air New Zealand, a company renowned for the quality of their operations.” Chief Executive Officer Babcock Australasia, David Ruff, said.

“We have a long history of providing critical fleet support and engineering services to the New Zealand Navy and other Navies around the world. What many people may not be aware of is that we also have extensive operations in the Aviation sector as well”.

“We work with Qantas and the Australian Defence Force in similar roles and we’re looking forward to transferring that knowledge and capability to New Zealand’s National carrier”

Babcock will provide centralised management of 4,750 Air New Zealand assets, including fleet strategy, supply chain and maintenance planning across 20 Airports in New Zealand and six in the Pacific.  This will include maintenance and repair services for Air New Zealand’s Ground Support Equipment.

Chris Saxby, Managing Director of Babcock New Zealand is also excited by this contract win.  “We are already the nation’s strategic maritime partner and I am extremely proud of this opportunity to partner with a national icon. Our focus will be on working with Air New Zealand to increase their fleet availability, asset utilisation, optimised supply chain and maintenance whilst also reducing Total Cost of Ownership. With this win, we aim to ensure that we help Air New Zealand keep the country moving!”