Airbus Canada has moved the entire material services of their A220 production series to their Copenhagen-based subsidiary (100%) SATAIR A/S, thus offering customers integrated solutions. The transition took place over the summer but was only announced now.
The package comprises a wide range of global activities such as planning and inventory, warehousing and distribution, quality inspection, 24/7 AOG services, tool rentals, parts lease, repair and exchange, or customer order handling. “SATAIR’s footprint of service centers and warehouses will contribute to a greater scope of spare parts available for all A220 operators. Customers can look forward to leveraging SATAIR's global presence,” stated CEO Bart Reijnen. The SATAIR executive went on to say: “We are very proud to be supporting the A220 aircraft with our strong SATAIR organization.”
Airbus saved Bombardier
Airbus took over Bombardier’s aircraft production last February and rebranded the Canadian manufacturer’s former CSeries as Airbus A220. The deal worth $591 million saved aircraft maker Bombardier from bankruptcy since the cost of building the plane had almost doubled to $6bn and sales had been sluggish amid a tough competition response by Airbus and Boeing.
As of 31JUL20, the A220’s order book comprised 642 A220 aircraft on firm order. Up to now, 118 A220s have been delivered to seven operators and are being flown on regional routes in Asia, America, Europe, and Africa. However, orders are currently stalling due to poor air travel demand in Covid-19 times.
Transferring the material services to SATAIR represents a key milestone for Airbus and a significant step in the overall further integration of the A220 program, the aircraft producer states. “All A220 customers will benefit from the same level of service and global network offered by SATAIR on all other Airbus platforms,” Rob Dewar, Senior Vice President, A220 Customer Services, Customer Satisfaction and Product Policy, noted. “This is a significant contributor to improving the overall satisfaction of our growing A220 customer base worldwide.”
1957 founded Scandinavian Air Trading Co. - SATAIR - is a household name in the commercial aerospace aftermarket. Its broad product portfolio includes modification kits, aircraft components, structural parts, avionic and instruments, or interior parts such as seats, cabin lighting, oxygen systems, but also mechanical cargo loading systems, sliding carpet cargo solutions, or a multitude of cargo hardware.
Last year, the Airbus subsidiary that runs 10 locations worldwide and employs 1,300-plus staff, turned over $2 billion.
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