AVIAA, the world’s leading group purchasing organisation for business aviation, ratified a new supplier agreement with expanding independent Part 145 business aircraft MRO specialist ACC Columbia Jet Service of Germany during EBACE in Geneva last week.
Signing the deal with ACC Columbia’s Managing Director Nils Janssen, Irena Deville, AVIAA Managing Director EMEA highlighted: “ACC Columbia is an exciting new addition to our growing supplier support network in Europe, further widening out the expertise AVIAA members can call on.”
ACC offers MRO and technical services on a variety of business jets – Bombardier Global, Challenger and Learjet models; Gulfstream G150 and 200; Textron Aviation Cessna Citation marques from the Mustang through to XLS; Dassault Falcon 2000 and 2000 Ex Easy plus the Embraer Legacy 600 and 650.
AVIAA members benefit with discounted pricing and join regular clients with timely MRO slots.
With its HQ at Hannover Airport and facilities in Cologne and Erfurt, plus a satellite station in Paphos, Cyprus, ACC Columbia is also active in engines and avionics support. Last year it was named Honeywell’s EMEAI Avionics Channel Partner of the year, successfully completing the largest ever single aircraft cockpit and cabin upgrades project on a Global for an Austrian customer. Its long-standing reputation in this field has made ACC a popular shop for Honeywell high-speed Jetwave/KA Band installations.
“With the worldwide business aircraft fleet getting older and operators / owners choosing to hold on to their aircraft we have become busy of late fulfilling cabin and avionics upgrade work, including ADS-out and KA Band installations. As an independent MRO provider we applaud how AVIAA is helping operators reduce their costs. With its growing membership in Europe we are very pleased to bring ACC into their family,” said Nils Janssen, Managing Director.
About ACC Columbia Jet Service
Founded in 1975 as TÜV Rheinland Luftfahrttechnik GmbH at Cologne/Bonn supporting small piston aircraft, the business evolved into Aviation Center Cologne Flugzeugwartung GmbH as it expanded into Learjet and Challenger work. EASA Part 21 Design work, Part 145 MRO and Part M CAMO approvals were added to the service offering. In 2008 ACC was honoured as a Honeywell engines and avionics service centre. In 2009 Aviation Center Cologne Flugzeugwartung GmbH merged with Columbia Jet Service GmbH to become ACC Columbia Jet Service GmbH. The bolstered business took on Gulfstream G100, G150 and G200 work and Hangar 16 at Hannover Langenhagen Airport became ACC’s second base maintenance facility. Following the acquisition of Flugzeugreparaturen Ralf Kohnen GmbH, ACC moved into Bombardier Global support. In 2012 it added sheet metal modifications and structural repairs. By 2013 its portfolio of aircraft being supported expanded into Embraer Legacy 600/650 series. ACC is also a recognised JSSI facility.
Established in 2017 with a global presence, AVIAA uses aggregation, transparency, industry expertise, and proprietary algorithms to streamline the procurement process for both operators and vendors.
The business is headquartered in Irvine, California, and also has offices in Park City, Utah, Munich, Germany, and in the UK at London Oxford Airport.
At the end of January 2019, AVIAA announced it was acquiring Convolus, a similar business with a strong European customer base. Co-founder Irena Deville is now Managing Director EMEA for AVIAA, based in Germany.
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