Star Alliance, the world’s leading airline alliance, has signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins to establish a new strategic sourcing relationship.
‘Under the agreement, Rockwell Collins will create standardised system solutions and procurement requirements for member airlines that will streamline the purchasing process,’ said Bob Chiusano, executive vice president and COO, Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems. ‘As part of this effort, Rockwell Collins and Star Alliance will identify and pursue mutually beneficial near-term and long-term opportunities.’
The agreement, the first of its kind between an airline alliance and an aviation electronics supplier, is said to represent a new way for suppliers to work with airlines, while presenting cost savings opportunities for the Star Alliance member carriers.
Initially, Star Alliance and its member airlines will work together with Rockwell Collins to evaluate and define requirements for aviation electronics products and support services, and determine electronic needs and cockpit configurations for current and future aircraft.
One area already being looked into by the parties as having a potential for consolidated purchase is new flight deck equipment technology to replace CRT-based instruments in wide-body aircraft.
‘Our member airlines now have an opportunity to work with a key supplier on a new level,’ said Jaan Albrecht, CEO, Star Alliance. ‘With Rockwell Collins, we will find ways to reduce our member carriers’ total cost of ownership on existing aviation electronics and support services, and explore new technologies to improve our overall operational efficiency and provide new and better services to our customers.’
The Star Alliance network currently serves 729 airports in 124 countries with almost 11,000 daily flights.