July 2 2013  |  Airline & Terminal News

Eirtech Aviation wins Southwest Airlines contract

By Lauren Brunetti

Eirtech Aviation has recently confirmed details of a major contract win with one of the largest airlines in the world, Southwest Airlines.  

The Shannon-headquartered, Irish aviation services company has developed an innovative solution for Boeing 737 aircraft, for a technical modification that has been mandated by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

By 2016, all owners and operators of Boeing 737's must complete the mandated modification on their aircraft.

Eirtech Aviation’s solution to the Boeing 737-specific technical problem is around half the price of alternative solutions and reduces the installation time by more than 50 per cent over other providers.

The contract will see Eirtech Aviation working with Southwest Airlines to modify its fleet of affected Boeing 737 aircraft, as directed by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), ensuring regulatory compliance.  Eirtech Aviation has been appointed by Southwest Airlines as an approved provider and the Irish company was selected as a result of its experience, engineering capabilities, responsiveness and cost savings.

Eirtech Aviation’s team in Shannon developed the solution, which involves the manufacture of ‘wiring kits’ and the provision of the supporting engineering documentation. A team from Eirtech Aviation will head to Dallas to assist Southwest’s engineers on the first installation of the kits, to ensure early regulatory compliance.

Niall Cunningham, CEO of Eirtech Aviation said, “Our team has extensive experience and knowledge of both European and US aviation regulatory and operational requirements and this allows us to offer tailor-made engineering solutions for airlines, such as Southwest Airlines. 

“This is a significant contract and has lead to discussions with other airlines in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, all of which are looking for a resolution that guarantees the fastest turn-around times matched by the highest standards with full regulatory compliance, at a cost that is competitive.  The expertise of our teams has facilitated the development of a kit that will allow the aircraft to be modified with the minimum of disruption to client operations.”

The contract with Southwest Airlines commenced immediately and Eirtech Aviation is currently manufacturing and shipping its kits to Dallas, as an engineering team from Shannon heads to the US to ensure the smooth hand-over and installation of the cost and time-saving engineering solution. 

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