Airbus, together with Tarmac Aerosave and the city of Chengdu, China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the first China-based sustainable aircraft “lifecycle” service centre in China. Activities covered by the MoU will include aircraft parking and storage, to maintenance, upgrades, conversions, dismantling and recycling services for various aircraft types. The formal agreement is planned to be signed in mid-2022, while the new centre should become operational by year end 2023.
For 15 years Tarmac Aerosave has been responsible for the eco-efficient dismantling of aircraft and it will combine with Airbus subsidiary Satair, which will be responsible for the acquisition of aging aircraft, then trading and distributing the resultant used parts. The Chengdu facility will cover 690,000 square metres and will have a storage capability for 125 aircraft.
“This is another concrete contribution to the aviation industry’s quest for sustainability, supporting the principle of a circular economy in line with Airbus’ purpose to pioneer sustainable aerospace. This unique centre will support the expansion of Airbus’ aviation services while enabling the implementation of China’s “Green Industry” strategy”, said Klaus Roewe, SVP Airbus Customer Services. “Aircraft phase-out in China is forecast to grow exponentially over the next 20 years. Airbus is committed to investing in the region and this one-stop-shop – a first in China and outside of Europe – will see Airbus well positioned on the Chinese aircraft ‘second life’ services market.” he added.