Thursday, November 6, 2014

Prestige Business Jet Supplier Appoints New Freight and Logistics Agency

Dedicated Heathrow Facility Will Handle Import/Export and Supply Chain Functions
Shipping News Feature

UK – One established customer and supply chain supplier partnership has taken a significant step forward with the news this week that Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has appointed Ceva Logistics to operate a new European Parts Distribution Centre at London Heathrow Airport in a facility that is expected to hold over US$50 million in parts inventory by the end of 2015. The two companies have worked together in the US for over a decade where Ceva has provided domestic and international freight management from its Atlanta facility.

The new facility replaces a previous operation at Madrid Airport and will support Gulfstream customers in the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe and the Nordics with urgent high-usage items. It will also provide rapid-response support for technicians from Gulfstream’s service centre at London Luton Airport and Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Team (FAST) members based throughout Europe.

Since 2008, Gulfstream’s European fleet has almost doubled, from 109 aircraft to more than 200 and the new facility, operated by Ceva within its main London Heathrow complex, provides access to the largest number of direct, non-stop flights available from any airport in Europe enabling Gulfstream to quickly deliver parts and materials to customers.

The new operation comprises approximately 8,000 square feet of dedicated space, and is operational 24/7/365. It is Customs-bonded, providing Gulfstream with the opportunity to eliminate duties on inventory being held for re-export. In addition to operating the facility, Ceva will take care of all imports, exports, ground transportation and Customs procedures. Says Ceva’s General Dynamics Account Manager, Steve Hunt:

“We are delighted that our proposal to operate the new European Parts Distribution Centre for Gulfstream has been accepted. In addition to supporting Gulfstream’s European fleet, we are able to provide instant dispatch to all other Gulfstream locations around the world, so that use of available inventory can be optimised. We appreciate the critically-important nature of this new operation, and look forward to providing Gulfstream with round-the-clock service that will further enhance its excellent customer service reputation.”