|Bii.aero has purchased a B737-800 airframe for teardown, the twenty-year-old aircraft previously owned by lessor Aircastle and operated by Indonesian carrier, Sriwijaya.|
This aircraft is the first asset acquired by Bii in a pro-active programme that will see the firm use in-house expertise and market valuations to rapidly expand its teardown operations throughout 2020.
Bii’s aiming for a dynamic growth strategy to incorporate one aircraft a month to sustain Bii’s inventory of commercial parts to meet burgeoning global requirements.
“We’re ready to source aircraft to fulfil our plan and this is the first of several” said the firm’s chief executive Francis Cradock. “The B737-800 aircraft type is ‘flying to the end’ as the ongoing MAX situation continues to affect operators and MROs, and there is a general shortage of parts to keep the global fleet flying,” he added.
In a statement Cradock said the firm had historically specialised in Boeing spare components so it had a particular affinity with the type, however he emphasised it teardown strategy encompassed both Airbus and Boeing wide and narrow body aircraft.
“We have an expanding inventory of spares for leading airline customers.” Bii’s B737-800 aircraft is now being dismantled for parts at ComAv Technical Services in Victorville, California. In a predicted 3-month process, all parts will be carefully assessed by Bii’s technical team before being sent to specialist repair shops for overhaul, testing and re-certification as necessary,” said Cradock.