GKN Aerospace has launched a new Transparencies
Aftermarket Service (TAS), focused on meeting the needs of
commercial transport operators for ever faster, more responsive
and more cost-effective cockpit and cabin window maintenance.
GKN Aerospace - TAS will offer a comprehensive
window repair, framing and exchange service to airlines and
freight carriers that can achieve up to 20% savings on their
annual ATA 56 spend.
Initially operating from the company’s
transparencies manufacturing facility in Garden Grove, CA, GKN
Aerospace expects to open TAS facilities in Europe during 2016 and
Asia by mid-2017.
The new TAS operation draws on GKN Aerospace’s
strength in the aircraft transparencies market. Today, the company
provides transparencies to almost all airlines and its flight deck
windows, passenger cabin windows (PCW) and glazings are widely
acknowledged as best-in-class. Over 2 million of its PCW are
in service today as standard fit on all Boeing and Embraer
aircraft, as well as a large portion of the Airbus fleet.
By fully exploiting this technology leadership, TAS will lower
operator maintenance costs by: reducing the amount of inventory
each must hold; offering highly cost-effective repair or
replacement choices; speeding repair or replacement turn-around
times; providing an AOG (aircraft on the ground)
maintenance repair and overhaul service with full FAA 145 and
EASA repair station capabilities.
Gavin Wesson, Senior
Vice President, GKN Aerospace Special Products Group, said,
“This new structure will allow us to offer a service that is
closely aligned with the operational needs of the airlines and
freight carriers. TAS combines the capability of a world-class
Tier 1 OEM (original equipment manufacturer), with the service
levels and responsiveness offered by 3rd party repair stations, providing our customers the products they need, when they need
them, and the services that will reduce their MRO spend.”
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