There are currently two contracts with the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela): ■ Manufacture Supply Agreement (MSA) – 600 new trains with an order value of R59 billion over a delivery period of 15 years; and■ Technical Support and Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) – Agreement to maintain new trains over a period of 19 years. A Section 54 agreement also includes an agreement for technical assistance and the supply of spare parts for category 377 vehicles, which also expires on 7 March 2022. As an alternative to the maintenance of vehicles maintained by a maintenance service provider under a rail traffic agreement (TSA), an operator may choose to maintain the rolling stock itself or to ensure that a third party holds it under an existing maintenance contract. For more information on TSAs, please see the practice notice: Rail Financing – Rail Transport Agreements. If the operator chooses to maintain the vehicles himself, he may request technical assistance determined by the original manufacturer of the roller or another supplier for the performance of this maintenance. Under these conditions, the operator may choose to conclude a technical support and spare parts contract (TSSSA). Alstom offers services within one out of three contractual frameworks. With a Technical Support and Spare Supply Agreement (TSSSA), the operator ensures the availability of the installation and keeps certain tasks in his own home. As part of a basic maintenance contract, Alstom offers a fully outsourced maintenance operation to help operators achieve their availability targets. And in the case of a full maintenance contract, the customer fully transfers the technical risk to Alstom as fleet custodian, allowing the operator to focus on its own core business: operating a quality rail system. As part of this agreement, Gibela will provide, as the name suggests, maintenance and technical assistance as well as spare parts for the new trains.
Bombardier has revealed Ethiopian Airlines as has not been published so far. Since an operator typically uses a TSSSA to support their scooter maintenance, it is customary for the operator (and unlike a TSA not to be the supplier) to be required to maintain the rolling stock in accordance with applicable laws and standards, vehicle manuals and an agreed maintenance plan. . . .