Sichuan Airlines, the first Chinese operator to
fly Airbus A320 Family aircraft, has signed a contract with Airbus
for customized Flight Hour Services (FHS) for its future fleet of
three brand new leased A330s, which are scheduled to be in service
from early next year. Sichuan Airlines is the first customer
for Airbus FHS in China.
Under the agreement, Airbus guarantees availability of key
Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) as well as related logistics and
maintenance services for Sichuan Airlines for an initial 13.5-year
Airbus FHS helps minimize aircraft on-the-ground
time by providing airlines with even faster and simpler access to
spare parts and services at predictable rates, based on stock and
flight hour parameters. Airbus already has FHS services in
operation with other customers in the Asian region.
introduction of Airbus A330s and the Airbus FHS for the new A330
fleet is a natural choice for Sichuan Airlines as we have been in
successful partnership with Airbus for 14 years. Thanks to the
tailor-made Airbus Flight Hour Services, we will optimise our
investment and deliver better services to our customers," said Mr.
Lan Xinguo, Chairman of Sichuan Airlines.
Charles Champion, Executive Vice President
Customer Services of Airbus, said, "There are now more than 530
Airbus aircraft in operation with Chinese airlines and the Airbus
fleet in China are expanding fast. More than ever, our Chinese
customers are expecting from us innovative and flexible solutions
to enable safe, efficient and profitable operations and this
agreement strengthens further our partnership with our long time
customer Sichuan Airlines."
Sichuan Airlines was also the operator of the very
first Airbus A320 assembled by Family Final Assembly Line China
(FALC) in Tianjin.
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