Collins Aerospace expands deal with China Aviation Supplies
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies, announced that it has expanded the scope of its existing contract with China Aviation Supplies (CASC) to jointly provide nacelle spare parts support to airline operators. Under the expanded scope and terms of this agreement, Collins Aerospace will leverage CASC’s multiple locations in China to expedite delivery of nacelle spares to Chinese airlines operating A320ceo, B737NG and B757 aircraft. “The expansion of our agreement with China Aviation Supplies further increases our ability to meet our regional customer needs,” said Marc Duvall, president, Aerostructures for Collins Aerospace. “The rapid fleet growth in China – which drives corresponding MRO requirements – has greatly elevated the need for efficient parts distribution and fulfilment services. This agreement supplements our own global support infrastructure with CASC’s excellent in-country network, so as to provide premier services customised to meet each customer’s needs.”
“Our strategic partnership with Collins Aerospace first began in 2015. Since then, it has grown tremendously to become one of our most successful collaborations,” said CASC’s president, Zhang Jun. “This latest agreement is our third expansion in over four years, which is a testament not only to the robust relationship we share but also to the positive validation by our customers of the collective value we bring together. We are strongly committed to our mutual objective of providing airline operators in China with enhanced in-country nacelle parts support and MRO services.”
Collins has eight facilities located around the world that collectively total more than 1.2 million square feet of shop space. The Tianjin MRO facility has more than 20 service agreements with airline customers, covering approximately 500 aircraft under various Airbus, Boeing and Embraer programs.
Established in 1980, China Aviation Supplies Company – the predecessor of CASC and the first professional trade company in China’s aviation industry – specialised in aircraft procurement and aviation supplies support service. In 2016, driven by the strategy of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of China State Council for building a shared aviation supplies platform, the company was restructured to the Shared Aviation Supplies Platform Company and officially became a common support platform of aviation supplies with shares held by China Southern Airlines Holding Company, China National Aviation Holding Company, China Eastern Airlines, CAS and China Reform Holdings Corporation. The scope of its main business covers expendables consignment, sharing of high-value components such as engines, landing gears, thrust reversers, APU, AOG & LRU support via Power-By-Hour services, leaseback of aviation assets, sale and consignment of rotables as well as aircraft equipment retrofit programmes.