MRO excellence: Republic Airways recognizes the capabilities of Safran’s Aircelle Services Americas operation

March 26, 2015

A key U.S. customer for Indianapolis-based Aircelle Services Americas has acknowledged the quality of the Safran group operation's maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business for jet engine nacelles.

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During the inauguration of Aircelle Services Americas in Indianapolis, Republic Airways' Supply Chain Vice President Drew Skaff (at right) presents Aircelle President Martin Sion with the symbolic nacelle beam.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. – which is major operator of regional jetliners equipped with Aircelle-built nacelles – presented Aircelle Services Americas with a mounted nacelle beam, underscoring this airline holding's highly successful relationship with the MRO cooperation of Aircelle and Applied Composites Engineering (ACE) during seven years of joint activity.  

Aircelle recently acquired the assets of ACE's nacelle repair division, enabling it to create the new Aircelle Services Americas operation at Indianapolis – the city that also is home to Republic Airways Holdings.  Aircelle Services Americas is the latest addition to Aircelle's global maintenance, repair and overhaul network, providing coverage for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.

"ACE and Aircelle have been instrumental to our success. Without them here locally, without their quality and attention to detail, we wouldn't be celebrating the 40th anniversary of our organization," Drew Skaff, Vice President, Supply Chain of Republic Airways, said during this month's inauguration ceremony for Aircelle Services Americas.

The capabilities of Aircelle Services Americas include engine nacelles for Embraer-built regional airliners, from ERJ135s and ERJ145s to the larger E170 and E175 ‘E' jets – all of which are flown by Republic Airways Holdings' airlines.

"Aircelle Services Americas is very instrumental to our organization, which is the world's largest ‘E' jet operator," Skaff concluded.  "We are very proud to join you in the inauguration of your facility, and look forward to working on a continued basis with you."

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