European aircraft producer Airbus has authorized a Shenzhen
company to be its first maintenance center in Asia.
Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen Co. Ltd. (LTS), in south China's
Guangdong Province, will provide repair and overhaul services in
line with Airbus' requirements, according to an agreement signed by
the two companies.
The Shenzhen company has started serving Chinese Airbus
operators, helping to cut costs and increase efficiency as they no
longer need to send aircraft parts all the way to Europe for
It is also expected to provide maintenance services to other
customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
The company received approval from Airbus and the Civil Aviation
Administration of China (CAAC) to join the Airbus Spares repair
station network in mid June this year.
Airbus is trying to set up a comprehensive after-sales service
network in China. It has built customer service and technical
support stations in 20 cities.
In 1997, it invested 80 million U.S. dollars in an advanced
training center in Beijing to help domestic airlines train more
than 14,000 pilots, crew members and maintenance technicians.
China's northern port city Tianjin was selected as the first
Airbus overseas assembly plant this year and is expected to turn
out its first aircraft at the end of 2008.
Airbus announced last year that it would renew cooperation with
the China Aviation Suppliers Import and Export Group on training
and support services for another 20 years.
(Xinhua News Agency December 14, 2007)