Collins Aerospace has expanded its 10-year On-Site Support agreement with Chinese aircraft maintainer Ameco for Air China’s fleet. The agreement will add support for Collins’ Integrated Drive Generator (IDG) and other generators for multiple aircraft platforms, including the B787, A320neo, A350 and ARJ21. With this expanded contract, Collins will extend its onsite inventory management services to all of Ameco’s IDG and generator capabilities.
Collins’ IDG provides primary electric power for the aircraft electrical system by converting variable engine input speed to a constant output speed, thus enabling the generator portion of the IDG to produce alternating current at a constant frequency.
With the expanded agreement, Collins’ global aftermarket supply chain team will provide onsite inventory management, offer predictive parts forecast, manage the availability and distribution of parts and provide 24/7 technical support. As the original equipment manufacturer, Collins will leverage its deep understanding of its products and its commitment to quality customer service to help Air China optimize fleet performance.
“This agreement will streamline Ameco’s supply chain operations by applying cutting-edge technology and inventory support to guarantee piece part availability and reduce repair turnaround time, thus helping Air China improve operational efficiency,” said Mike Yue, regional director, China Aftermarket for Collins Aerospace. “Collins is dedicated to providing world-class service to our customers in China, and we’re pleased to continue building on our longstanding relationship with Ameco and Air China.”
ZHU Xiao, Chief Marketing Officer at Ameco, said, “The sound cooperation with Collins Aerospace in the past has given us the confidence to bring our cooperation to a new level. This expanded agreement builds upon a more than 10-year relationship between the two companies. Working together with Collins Aerospace, we hope to provide our customers with MRO services with higher quality and a shorter repair cycle.”
Earlier this year, Collins also expanded its support agreement for avionics with Ameco onboard all of Air China’s Boeing and Airbus aircraft, and added support for sensors and fire protection equipment.
In May, Collins Aerospace is expanding its longstanding support agreement for Air China’s aircraft fleet to include next-generation Boeing and Airbus aircraft and additional aircraft systems. The new agreement signed with Ameco — a leading aircraft maintenance and engineering cooperation that supports Air China’s fleet — builds on the existing support agreement for avionics onboard all of the airline’s Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
Under the newly expanded power by the hour program, Collins Aerospace will support Air China’s next-generation platforms, along with its existing aircraft. In addition to Air China’s avionics, Collins Aerospace will also support the sensors and fire protection equipment onboard Air China’s fleet. With the performance-based contract, Air China will receive OEM-quality repairs, parts and upgrades which provides confidence in the safety and reliability of Air China’s aircraft.
“This contract expansion demonstrates the trusting and successful relationship between Air China and Collins Aerospace,” said Craig Bries, vice president and general manager, Avionics Service and Support for Collins Aerospace. “By working together with Ameco, we will reduce Air China’s operational risk, maximize its reliability and most importantly, keep its fleet flying safely.”