Specialist regional aircraft lessor TrueNoord has completed the transition of a second Embraer E190 to Cobham Regional Services on a six-year operating lease.
The aircraft was integrated into Cobham’s fleet in May and is already operating charter flights from its base in Perth.
The smooth transition of this E190 from TrueNoord’s previous lessee, Mandarin Airlines, was particularly challenging due to pandemic restrictions.
Jack Bos, TrueNoord Technical Director, explains how the team dealt with these added complexities, “At the time it was not possible to send inspectors to Taiwan without them having to quarantine for two weeks on arrival.
“We addressed this issue by hiring two experienced local consultants who sent daily reports including many detailed pictures.
“We had frequent contact with them throughout the transaction.”
Bos goes on to explain, “Our local consultants monitored the borescope inspection of the engines and APU on-site and videos of the inspections were also reviewed remotely by an experienced engine specialist.
“We also employed the services of a local pilot to observe the demonstration flight.”
Cobham’s Business Development Director, Tim Pirga, comments that Cobham is pleased to have received a second Embraer E190 from TrueNoord – which has now entered service and is supporting natural resources projects in Western Australia.
“The E190 is not only one of the most environmentally friendly jets in the world, it offers substantially better operational uplift performance, particularly in hot weather at regional ports such as in the Pilbara,” said Pirga.
“It is also able to fly further distances compared to similar size aircraft.
“This reduces the need for additional fuel uplift in regional and remote locations and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 15 per cent per trip.”
Cobham Regional Services acts as a critical link in the energy and resources sector, providing fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) services in support of mining, oil and gas projects throughout Australia.
The company also provides flexible, bespoke charter flights with a full range of service options to Australia’s city centres and regional destinations.
Cobham has been investing in the future of FIFO by progressively renewing its fleet with modern aircraft that provide greater flexibility of rosters, suitability for regional aerodromes, increased reliability, and low carbon emissions.
“The successful delivery of this aircraft was the result of the positive cooperation between all parties” adds Bos.
“To complete the transition from the previous lessee, Mandarin Airlines in Taiwan, to the new lessee, Cobham Regional Services in Australia, remotely without our teams having ever actually met in-person is quite an achievement and is testament to the flexibility, pragmatism and professionalism of all involved.”
Carst Lindeboom, TrueNoord’s Sales Director for the Asia Pacific region concludes, “We are proud to be part of Cobham’s growth, as they continue to deliver vital services ensuring connectivity and safety across the country.
“This is our second aircraft in Australia with Cobham, further cementing our footprint in this important region, as we steadily develop our presence in Asia Pacific.”